Today's dentures are designed and made to last longer than expected. Nonetheless, dentures can still break, become loose, ill-fitting or crack. There are a couple of different factors that can lead to a denture breaking.
General wear and tear: This is a gradual process that occurs over time. If you have the same set of dentures for a long time, they undergo the stress cycles, pressure from chewing, exposure to acidic foods and shifts in temperature and they gradually start to wear down and can develop fatigue cracks. We advise our patients to get a new set of dentures every 5-7 years.
Dropping dentures: People drop dentures more frequently than they would like to admit. Dentures are made from extremely durable material, however, in some unfortunate circumstances dentures simply fall and break. To avoid breakage, we advise our clients to scrub the dentures over a towel, or a sink filled with water.
Dentures that break in the mouth: The bone structure supporting the face and the dentures may over time continue to resorb or “shrink” this may result in an ill-fitting denture. Sometimes a severe loss in body weight is also reflected first in the mouth, because of this change in tissue structure the dentures will also become loose. If a denture splits down through the palate it is a good indication that the supporting structures have changed and no longer supports the base of the denture, a reline/remake of the denture is needed. This also applies for break in a lower or mandibular denture.
What do I do if my dentures break? It is very important that denture repairs be done by a professional laboratory. Attempting to fix the dentures yourself may in fact end up costing you more. Contact your nearest Denture clinic for help.
Can I repair them myself? This is highly discouraged since this may lead to more harm than good. This may cost you more than what you initially should be charged for. Do not attempt to use superglue. It won't bond well with your dentures, may cause gum inflammation, and may damage them further.
Are they difficult to repair? This depends on the kind of break it has: For a small chip, we can easily smooth them in our clinic. For a broken or cracked tooth: we will need to have it sent to our laboratory where they will match the new tooth to the rest of the denture… and in the case of a metal denture, laser soldering may be required to offer reinforcement and extra support.
Where can I get my dentures fixed? Book your appointment in one of our clinics (Caloundra or Buderim). Andre and Pierre will look after you and provide the best possible option.
We recommend that you have your denture fit checked on a yearly basis. The prosthetist will be able to detect a poor fit or change in your facial structure and offer the appropriate treatment to avoid reaching the stage of your dentures breaking.