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Dealing With Broken Dentures: Can A Denture Repair Service Save Them?

Christine O'Kelly
Aug 6, 2008
Regardless of how careful you are with your dentures, eventually they are going to need to be repaired. One day they'll slip, fall in the bathroom sink, and chip, crack or break into pieces. A repair service can fix a wide variety of problems, sometimes within hours, while unfortunately other breaks may require a full replacement.

Trivial Damage

A denture repair service frequently deals with a chipped or broken tooth in a plate caused by dropping them a short distance. Dentures look invincible, but even a small drop or bang can cause a chip if they land the wrong way. If the break is serious, the denture repair service might have to add in an entirely new tooth. If possible, however, they will cement the piece into place.

Having one of the teeth loosen and become dislodged from the denture's base is also a common repair. When this occurs, safely store the plate and tooth and take it in to a denture repair service as soon as possible to have it reattached in the base. Many people will make these repairs using Krazy Glue -- especially if it is an emergency. Unfortunately, this can severely damage the plate if it is not done correctly and require you to replace the entire plate. Either way, you still need to take it into a professional to have it looked at. If you happen to get a crack in your dentures, you would treat it the same way.

Extensive Damage

Amazingly, a denture repair service can fix a plate that has been broken into multiple pieces. If you suffer from this, immediately place all of the pieces into a glass of water at room temperature and take it to get it repaired immediately. Keeping the denture in water will prevent the form from shifting further. When the expert repairs your broken plate, he or she will use specialized glue and tools to join the pieces of the denture together perfectly. From there, it will be adjusted so that it fits in your mouth again. If this process is not done expertly, the plate will not sit properly and can cause sores, difficulty eating, and trouble speaking.

If you happen to break the edges off the base of your dentures, have no fear. A dental repair service will simply take a second mold of your mouth and use it to form a new rim on the edge so that it is comfortable. When the repair is complete, the dental professional will check it for precision and fit to ensure that the repair is perfect. If it is not done correctly, the denture can cut or pinch the insides of your lips and cheeks.

Dentures Beyond Repair

Sometimes dentures can be damaged past the point of repair. Generally, shattered plates, those requiring almost total rebuilding, or those that are not worth repairing are considered to be unsuitable for repair by a dental repair service. Plates that have severely worn teeth, a deteriorated base, or a significant decrease in the height of the jaw bone would all warrant a replacement rather than a repair.

With the new methods and techniques available to professionals in the world of dentistry today, a denture repair service is able to fix dentures almost undetectably. Extensive repairs may require time and additional visits to the denturist requiring the use of a temporary plate. Minor repairs such as repairing a chipped tooth can sometimes be done in a matter of hours. If you are not sure whether or not your dentures can be fixed, talk to an expert as soon as possible to discuss your options.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly is an author for the Denture Shop.com, an online denture repair service offering low fees, guaranteed results and overnight denture repairs.
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