Dentures are incredibly durable, however- much like natural teeth- they require regular care or maintenance. In order to maintain the quality, functionality, and aesthetics of your dentures it may be necessary to seek occasional repairs. Different levels of care and maintenance may be required throughout the life of your dentures depending on the severity of the damage or issues they are causing you.
Depending on why you need a denture repair you may need to seek an emergency appointment so that you can continue to use your dentures as soon as possible. However, there are some occasions when you may be able to wait for an appointment or use a denture repair kit to temporarily fix your dentures until you can visit a professional.
1. Broken Dentures
There are a few ways you can break or damage your dentures, such as dropping them, stepping on them, or putting too much pressure on them. If this happens, it is important not to attempt to fix them yourself, as this may result in an irregular fit and oral problems in the future. Visit your Denture Technician as soon as possible to have them repaired.
If your dentures break while you’re using them, you should seek an immediate repair. While it is normal to get some wear on your dentures, them breaking while in your mouth is not. This usually signifies that the fit of your dentures is wrong, meaning larger adjustments or new dentures are needed.
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2. Tooth breaking or detaching from the dentures
Continuing to wear your dentures after a tooth becomes damaged or missing can cause more issues. The uneven pressure of chewing with damaged dentures can result in further breakages and sores in the mouth. Although denture repair kits claim to fix cracks in the teeth, they should only serve as a temporary measure. Seeking an emergency denture repair from a specialist will help to prevent these issues.
3. Change in denture fit
Getting the correct fit for your denture is important for eliminating any painful oral health issues. If you are having issues with the fit of your dentures it is highly important not to attempt to bend or reshape them yourself as this may break them. If your dentures don’t fit as they should, or the fit changes suddenly, contact your Dentures technician for professional adjustment support.
4. Gum irritation
When you initially get your dentures you may feel a little discomfort, however they should not cause you any gum irritation. If you notice any irritation or mouth infections this may be a sign of a defect with your dentures. Maintaining a regular hygiene routine and making regular dental check-ups is essential for keeping your mouth healthy and preventing small issues from becoming bigger.
5. Aesthetic concerns
It is important to clean your dentures regularly to reduce the risk of bacteria build-up and aesthetic issues, such as stains. When cleaning your dentures take this time to check them for any damage or potential issues. As well as checking your dentures regularly yourself, maintaining professional dental check-ups will help to identify any current or future areas of concern. The sooner issues are identified, the less likely they are to become bigger and unfixable.
It’s important to take action to prevent problems with your dentures. Regular denture check-ups and at home maintenance can help prevent any small issues from becoming bigger and will extend the life of your dentures.
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If you think you need a denture repair, contact us by calling 0115 941 7052 for an informal chat, or come to see us at any one of our denture clinics in Nottingham, Newark and Mansfield for a free denture consultation to assess your options and decide where to go next.