Since you’ll be wearing dentures daily, they are put under a lot of stress, which means fractures are not an unlikely occurrence.
One of the most serious complications with full dentures is a fracture resulting in a broken denture.
Here at Smile Denture and Implant Clinic, we commonly see this occur with the top denture but bottom denture fractures happen as well. Not only does a broken denture make everyday tasks such as chewing, eating, swallowing and talking unnecessarily difficult, it can also be embarrassing.
Common Causes of Broken Dentures
There are a few different ways your dentures can break or fracture:
- A piece of the pink acrylic falls off
- The denture breaks in half
- A tooth breaks, cracks or falls out
- Improper fit from natural jaw changes
- Dropping your denture on a hard surface
- General wear & tear
As much care and maintenance you put into your dentures, there is still a chance that they may break after years of use. If your denture is damaged, the best course of action is to visit an experienced denturist!
How Long Does It Take To Repair Broken Denture?
Depending on the severity and the reason for the fracture, a denturist will determine whether the denture can be repaired.
Most of the time, our denturist is able to repair the denture if the fracture is not significant. In those cases, we are able to repair your broken or cracked denture in one visit!
However, sometimes we are unable to repair it the same day and other times repairing the fractured denture is not the best solution. If the damage to your denture is significant, the repair would only be a temporary solution before your denture breaks again.
While a cracked denture can usually be repaired by bonding it back together, a broken denture can be more challenging. It is possible to repair a broken denture, but that may compromise the strength of the denture. Sometimes, repairing them is just a temporary remedy.
This is particularly the case with old and worn dentures that did not fit properly in the first place. This is why we recommend you book a consultation with our denturist to get a professional treatment, as well as annual visits to ensure your denture fit is optimal.
The Issues With At Home, Cracked Denture Repair Kits
Sometimes, our patients choose to try at-home DIY repair kits for their cracked dentures.
While this may fix some issues, it is never recommended. Even though your denture may look fixed, it will impact your fit and bite. For that reason, it is important to consult your denturist to ensure that the repaired denture fits properly. Attempting to fix your denture yourself, will also lead to more expensive damage down the line.
Professionally repaired dentures will give you more confidence during everyday activities such as eating, drinking and speaking.
Denture Repair at Smile Denture and Implant Clinic
Our team at Smile Denture & Implant Clinic is happy to offer our denture repair services to those in the Ottawa area. If you have a broken denture, or any questions about denture repair, replacement, or for a free consultation to learn more about over-dentures, contact us anytime. We are happy to help!