Most dental appliances including dentures can eventually require repair. This is because the material they are made from can eventually fatigue or erode over years of use. Fracturing the denture is also not unusual especially if it has been used for quite some time already.
Oftentimes, the longer the denture has been worn, the more likely it is that you’ll need to visit the dentist for denture repair.
Below are some of the prevalent causes of denture repair:
- Breakages and Fractures
Hawler Medical University observed that the most prevalent cause of fracture is often poor fit. As you bite and chew using your denture, you’ll be applying force that can sometimes result to micro fractures in the denture.
If the lower and upper sets are also not aligned evenly, a large break or crack in the denture can occur and will require professional fixing. When the denture is also dropped accidentally, an impact fracture is also likely.
It is possible for the breakage or fracture to also manifest on any part of the appliance like the teeth or the pink region which represents the gumline.
In addition, the metal claps of the denture can also suffer damage. Whatever the case may be, it’s not advisable to put the denture back in the mouth immediately if you notice fractures or breakages on the appliance.
The good news is, dentures are made from materials that can make denture repair quite easy.
- Time Factors
As expected, thin and worn dentures are also prone to breaking. Keep in mind that people who wear dentures with an uneven bite can also put stress on the dentures cause them to break. However, cause of denture fracture and breakage is not limited to poor fit alone.
Dentures that have been used for quite sometime can also cause poor distribution of the chewing forces. Without proper care, dentures that are ill-fitted may cause harm not just to the gums but to the bone in the oral cavity as well.
Proper Approach to Denture Repair
Revitalising or relining the denture is a key aspect of denture repair. Since the bone and gums under a denture can also change overtime, they can shrink and the denture will need resetting in similar cases. Unfortunately, many don’t realise the need for a reset until it’s too late.
Given that you are able to notice the need for denture reset early, your dentist will most likely add material to the denture to enhance the fit. This procedure is called basing or relining the dental or partial and can be done in your dentist’s office. This is assuming that the adjustment needed is not massive.
In scenarios where a huge adjustment is necessary, the denture will be sent to a dental laboratory. Regardless of the changes required, it is crucial that your denture is assessed by your dentist.
Typically, dentures as well as partials are primarily made of acrylic resin. What makes acrylic resin ideal is it is durable, aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and best of all, repairable. If the denture needs reinforcing, more acrylic will be added.
Other Precautionary Measures
When handling your dentures, make sure you always have a very firm grip. Dentures can easily slip out of the hands. When cleaning your dentures and using the sink, place a towel beneath to make sure it’s safe.
In addition, check your denture for fatigue and wear on a consistent basis so you’ll know early if an adjustment is necessary. When in doubt if an adjustment is indeed warranted, visit your dentist right away so you’ll get expert and professional guidance.