Can a loose denture be repaired?
A denture can become loose over time since the jawbones undergo continuous changes. A denture has two parts; one is the part that replicates the gums called the base of the denture, and then the false teeth secured to the base of the denture. In cases of loose dentures where the teeth are still in good condition, our dentist will recommend that you go for denture repair.
In some cases, where the base is chipped or broken, denture repair is carried through denture rebasing. In this process, the base of the loose denture is changed and replaced. Our dentist will take an impression of your upper and lower jaw and create a mould. This is used to fabricate a new base for your old denture, which will be made according to the current jawbone dimensions.
Secondly, a loose denture can be made to fit perfectly with the help of a procedure called denture relining. In this process, a layer of dental acrylic is added and shaped to fit your jawbone. This procedure is usually finished in the same appointment, and you will leave our clinic with better and well-fitted dentures.
In some cases, a loose denture can be made to fit well with minor adjustments like trimming specific areas. This is done during your appointment and is a chairside procedure.
How long does it take to repair a broken denture?
If you have broken your denture in two parts or a small part has chipped off, it will generally take anywhere from 12-24 hours to get it repaired at our dental clinic. However, minor adjustments and relining can be done during the same appointment. We also offer same day repair services. Please schedule an appointment with us and bring in your broken dentures to get them repaired as soon as possible.
Why does a cracked denture need to be repaired?
A cracked denture can have jagged and rough edges, which can irritate the gums and soft tissues and can also cause injuries to the mouth. Moreover, cracked dentures make chewing difficult and tend to be ill-fitted which can compromise speech. Cracked dentures also affect your smile and appearance. In addition, it can give way to infection of the gums and soft tissues. Therefore, it is imperative that you get your cracked denture repaired as soon as possible. Delay in denture repair may lead to more denture damage, which means you may have to spend more and get your entire denture replaced with a newer one.
Why is it best not to repair dentures yourself?
Many people try to fix their broken and loose dentures by themselves. Sometimes, they may also use super glue to glue back the broken denture parts. However, this leads to further damage and can make things worse. Glue does not bond the broken denture appropriately and cannot sustain chewing forces and the oral environment.
Improperly repaired dentures can become a haven for disease-causing bacteria and even fungus, giving rise to numerous infections. In addition, they irritate the soft tissues of the mouth and lead to injuries. Many DIY denture repair kits are available, making it even worse as improperly aligned denture bases can lead to jaw joint disorders. Therefore, it is best to not repair a denture by yourself and leave it to us. You deserve the best care possible, and we make sure you get that at our dental clinic. So, if you have a damaged denture, don’t worry; schedule an appointment with us and let us help you get back your smile.
How to maintain your dentures to prevent damages?
There are specific measures you can take to prevent damaging your dentures. Read ahead as we elaborate on these.
- Clean your dentures with toothpaste and a toothbrush every day to eliminate any food debris and accumulated plaque.
- Handle your dentures with care to avoid accidental breakage. Also, avoid bending them or keeping them under direct sunlight when not in use.
- Soak your dentures overnight every day.
- Rinse your dentures before putting them on.
- If you spot a crack or feel they are getting loose, consult our dentist immediately.