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Denture Repair

Just as natural teeth are not impervious to damage and decay, so too can dentures need restorative care. While it is true that dentures can be an acceptable and workable solution in cases of extensive tooth loss, the fact is that they are made from materials that can wear or erode over time. This means that even the most well-kept dentures may eventually need some amount of repair in order to continue functioning for the individual.

Dentures are made in a dental laboratory based on an impression of the patient’s mouth that is taken at the dentist’s office. Once they arrive at the dentist’s office for installation, the dentist will ensure that they fit properly and make any minor adjustments that are needed. However, this does not mean that proper fit is forever guaranteed. In fact, many dentists insist that patients who wear dentures come in for regular check-ups to ensure that they are continuing to fit and function well. This is largely because most denture fractures are caused by poor fit, according to Hawler Medical University.

Understandably, dentures have to endure a fair amount of force and pressure when used properly for chewing food. If they don’t fit properly over the gums or align properly with one another, dentures may fracture due to the amount of force and pressure that ends up focusing on too small an area. If these fractures are not noticed or resolved, they can extend further and cause breaks that may even make the dentures unusable. Additionally, since dentures are removable they can suffer from damages that result from being dropped or mishandled. Fortunately, just as dentures are able to be manufactured in the first place and as long as the damage isn’t too extreme, they can be repaired.

The Basics of Denture Repair

Dentures are typically made of acrylic resin, which can be easily repaired. Where a dentist routinely examines a patient’s dentures every so often, they will be able to determine the changes that are occurring in the patient’s mouth–specifically as regards to the bones and gums. As these important structures move and shrink, they change how the patient’s dentures fit in the mouth. With a process called relining, the dentures can be appropriately adjusted in the dentist’s office so as to fit better in the mouth–providing the changes that have occurred in the mouth are caught early on.

Where a dentist has not been able to routinely examine a patient’s dentures every so often and a patient is not themselves aware of the subtle changes that are occurring over time, it is possible that by the time they go to the dentist for help their dentures need far more than subtle repairs. When this occurs, the dentures must be sent to the dental laboratory for adjustments–and this may require new impressions be taken.

Precautions to Take

There is no way to completely guarantee that your dentures will never need any repair, just as there is no way to completely guarantee that your natural teeth will never experience any sort of decay or damage. However, there are some precautions you can take in order to best protect the health of your natural teeth, and likewise there are some precautions you can take in order to best protect the structure and function of your dentures. Consider the following points:

  • Handle your dentures carefully. Regardless of the fact that you will be handling your dentures on a regular basis every single day, you want to make sure that you don’t become careless to where they can slip, fall and get damaged.
  • Regularly check your dentures for signs of wear and damage. Even if your dentures seem to fit and function well, they may be suffering from wear and damage that you will be able to see if you examine them closely. Of course if you do see any wear or damage it is important to contact your dentist.
  • Have your dentures examined regularly by your dentist. It is possible that you will overlook signs of wear and damage that will be more easily seen by your dentist, and considering that minor issues are more easily fixed than major issues, it is beneficial to have your dentures examined regularly.

In many cases, denture damage can be prevented through proper care and handling. However, where denture repair is necessary, it is important to bear in mind that these repairs can help to ensure not only better comfort and function, but also longer use.




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