If your dentures have broken or they no longer fit your mouth properly, it’s important to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Broken dentures are generally considered to be a dental emergency, as they can seriously impact your ability to chew and eat normally, which is why we offer onsite denture repairs to get your smile back without delay. Unlike many other dentists, we don’t need to send your dentures away to be repaired. Our onsite dental technicians can fix the issue right here in our dental laboratory, saving you time and stress.
Causes of broken dentures
There are many ways in which dentures can become damaged, including:
- Wear and tear - over time dentures can become worn and damaged, which is only to be expected since they are doing the job that your natural teeth would.
- Accidents - despite the best care and attention, accidents do happen. Dropped dentures are one of the most common causes of breakage.
- Eating too much acidic food - just as the acid in food can do damage to your natural teeth, so too can it damage your dentures. Over time, if your dentures are exposed to too much acidic food and drink it can weaken them and cause them to break.
- Poor fit - if your dentures become too loose they can move around in your mouth and eventually break. If they become too tight, the surrounding structures of your mouth can exert too much pressure which can also cause them to break. Even though your dentures fit perfectly to begin with, over time your gums can shrink and the surrounding teeth can move, which when combined with wear and tear on your dentures can result in them needing repair.
How to look after your dentures
Taking good care of your dentures is one of the best ways to prevent damage and ensure they last as long as possible. Here are just a few tips to help you avoid denture repairs:
- Keep them clean - you need to clean your dentures as often as you would your teeth - i.e. twice daily - to help prevent bad breath and gum disease. You should brush them with toothpaste or soap and water to remove any food debris, soak them in a denture cleaning solution and then brush again to remove any remaining solution.
- Store them properly - when your dentures are not in your mouth they should be stored somewhere moist to stop them from drying out. You can either put them in an overnight denture solution, in water or in a bag with some moistened cotton wool.
- Eat carefully - if you wear dentures then you need to take extra care when eating and drinking to make sure you do not damage them. This usually means avoiding very sticky, sharp or hard foods, cutting your foods into small pieces and eating slowly, at least until you become used to your dentures.
It is also important to visit your dentist regularly to make sure that your overall oral health is in good shape. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth, we’ll still need to assess the state of your gums and how well your dentures fit to ensure they remain comfortable.
Book now for onsite denture repairs
If you have broken dentures, don't delay. Contact us today on 01256 353033 to book in for onsite denture repairs.