Breaking or damaging your denture qualifies as a dental emergency, and it’s important to have your denture repaired as soon as possible. Because dentures are so fragile and custom-made, it is generally not advisable to try to repair them yourself. Let’s investigate why emergency denture repair needs to be done as soon as possible, and what you should do in case of emergency.
What Can Go Wrong With Your Denture?
Handling your denture very carefully can help you to protect it against damage and breakages, however, sometimes things go wrong when you least expect them, leaving you in need of emergency denture repairs. Some of the issues that can affect your denture include
- A broken denture base
- A broken or loose tooth
- A broken denture clip
- A chip or fracture in a denture tooth
- Needing to have a new tooth place after an extraction
Of course, a lost denture is also a dental emergency that needs immediate attention.
Any damage that interferes with you being able to wear and use your denture needs to be reported to your dentist as soon as possible.
The Problem With Broken Dentures
A damaged or broken denture can affect your ability to eat with comfort. A full set of teeth is necessary for speech and of course, to give you confidence when you smile.
If you continue to wear broken dentures, it could cause irritation in your mouth and the development of sore spots, which can take some time to recover from.
Why Emergency Denture Repairs Should Be Done By Your Dentist?
Tempting as it may be, it is not advisable to try to do a denture repair on your own. Firstly, you could very well cause more damage to your dentures.
Secondly, commercially available glues are not strong enough to withstand the forces of biting and chewing.
Superglue may dissolve in water and be toxic to your system; it may also cause inflammation of your gums and soft tissue.
Emergency Denture Repair: What To Do If Your Dentures Break?
In the event that you do need emergency denture repairs, you should
- First, call your dentist to explain what has happened
- Make an appointment for an emergency denture repair and see if you can have them repaired on the same day
- If you can’t get a same-day denture repair and you have a spare set of dentures, you should wear them until your appointment
- Do not try to repair your denture yourself.
Sometimes, with use, wear and tear, your denture may not fit you as well as it used to. This could mean that your dentures need to be relined, which is a relatively quick process that your dentist can assist you with. If your denture feels uncomfortable, you must have it inspected by your dentist because a loose or ill-fitting denture can lead to mouth irritation and sore spots.
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