What to do About Broken Dentures
When an individual has lost a large number of teeth or an entire arch of teeth, dentures are often the most effective tooth loss treatment. Partial and full dentures replace missing teeth to restore oral strength and functions, while enhancing the appearance of the smile.
Dentures are made of strong, durable materials, but they are still susceptible to damage, especially as the prosthetic ages. Broken dentures can be ineffective and may even cause pain or discomfort. When a denture breaks, individuals in Queens, NY, Long Island, NYC, and surrounding areas should consider broken denture repair at Astoria Dental Group.
What to do if a Denture Breaks
A broken denture can compromise the bite, make eating, chewing, and speaking more difficult, and can also cause oral pain. When a denture cracks or breaks, individuals may be tempted to correct the damage themselves, especially if the problem seems minor. While an at-home fix may be okay as a temporary solution, it is best to report a broken denture to the dentist as soon as possible, so that professional repairs can be made.
Professional denture repair corrects problems without compromising the structure of the denture, so that the prosthetic continues to fit comfortably and securely, and support a full range of oral functions. If the denture is broken and in pieces, individuals should collect as many pieces as possible and bring them to their dental appointment.
How Long Do Denture Repairs Take?
There are a number of issues that can compromise the structure, fit, or function of a denture. Some of the most common types of denture damage include:
- Chips or cracks within the teeth of the denture
- Chips or cracks in the acrylic base of the denture
- Broken metal clasps (clasps hold a partial denture in place)
- Cracks or breaks within the denture itself
Some of these issues are easier to fix than others. If denture damage is minor, our dentists may be able to repair the prosthetic in-office, while the patient waits. Unfortunately, more extensive damage will likely need to be repaired in a dental laboratory, so repairs will take longer, possibly up to a week or two.
What if My Denture Cannot Be Repaired?
In most situations, damaged dentures can be restored with professional repair. If damage is severe, or if large pieces of the denture are missing, the prosthetic may need to be rebuilt in our dental laboratory. If patients have a traditional denture that they have had for many years, this could be a good time to consider an upgrade to an implant-supported denture. Implant-supported dentures are anchored by dental implants that are surgically placed in the jaw. Implant-supported dentures are a closer replica to the natural teeth, and they cannot be removed, which means they are less likely to be lost or broken.
Contact Our Dental Practice
If your denture is chipped or broken, the dentists at Astoria Dental Group can help you consider repair options that will restore the strength, function, and beauty of your smile. To schedule an appointment for broken denture repair, contact our dental practice online, or call (718) 278-1123.