Getting your first pair of dentures can be an exciting time. However, if it’s your first time, it is also normal to feel nervous as well. Just like most things in life, you need to give yourself an adjustment period before wearing dentures can feel natural for you.
Undoubtedly, dentures are an impeccable solution for tooth loss. Thankfully, modern advances in dentistry have made dentures more comfortable to wear. They are also increasingly more natural in terms of appearance.
However, most dental appliances, including dentures can require repair. This is understandable as materials dentures are made from can erode or fatigue. A denture fracture is also common, especially if you have been wearing it for quite some time.
Below are some of the possible denture problems most people encounter and the ways to resolve them:
Possible Denture Problems
- Breakages and fractures
According to Hawler Medical University, one of the most prevalent causes of denture fracture is poor fit. As you bite and chew using your denture, you apply force that can cause micro fractures in the denture.
In addition, if the lower and upper sets are not evenly aligned, there is a tendency for the wearer to put too much pressure on only one area. This might lead to a large break that will require denture repair.
Impact fractures caused by accidental dropping of your dentures can also cause cracks that will merit repair. Accidental drops can also break any point of the appliance like the teeth or the pink region that represents the gumline.
Metal clasps of partial dentures can also be damaged during accidental droppings. The good thing is dentures are made of materials that make denture repair possible.
- Wear and tear
Understandably, thin and worn dentures are vulnerable to breakage. Apart from an uneven bite, worn teeth on the denture can also cause poor distribution of the chewing forces.
Left unattended, this will not only ruin an otherwise perfect fit, it can also cause damage to the denture as well as the gums and bone in the oral cavity.
Revitalising or relining the denture is a common part of denture repair. Since the bone and gums under the denture can change over time, they can shrink. In similar cases, resetting of the denture needs to be done.
To improve the fit, the dentist will just add material to the denture. This procedure is called basing or relining. If no significant relining is needed, the procedure can be done in the dentist’s office.
If more work is required, the denture will be sent to a dental laboratory. Whatever changes the denture may need however, it is vital that it is evaluated by a dentist first.
Fortunately, partials and dentures are mostly made of acrylic resin. The good thing about this type of material is it is aesthetically pleasing, durable, comfortable, and best of all, repairable. If reinforcing is needed, more acrylic will just be added to the denture.