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Making Sure You Get Proper Fixes If Your Dentures Break - A Guide to Restoration Dentistry

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Image of dentures in a glass of water.
Ah, the delicate dance between humans and dentures! Like any dance, it can be graceful and smooth, but occasionally, a misstep can lead to a stumble. And for denture wearers, that misstep often manifests as a broken or chipped denture.

Fear not, fellow dancers! While a broken denture can feel like a major disruption to your oral symphony, fretting won't mend the damage. Instead, let's talk about the proper fixes available through restoration dentistry, allowing you to return to your confident smile in no time.

Understanding Denture Breakage: A Crash Course

Dentures, crafted from various materials like acrylic resin or metal, are marvels of modern dentistry. Yet, their vulnerability to breakage shouldn't be underestimated. Several factors can contribute to this, including:

•  Normal wear and tear: Over time, the constant forces of chewing and biting can take their toll on the denture material, leading to cracks or even complete breakage.
•  Accidents: A dropped denture or a sudden impact to the mouth can easily cause damage.
•  Poor fit: An ill-fitting denture puts undue stress on the material, increasing the risk of breakage.
•  Underlying dental issues: Unresolved dental problems like gum disease or bone loss can weaken the foundation supporting the denture, making it more susceptible to breakage.

Navigating the Repair Options: A Restorative Journey

If your denture has met an unfortunate end, don't despair! Restoration dentistry offers a range of solutions to get you back on track. The appropriate fix will depend on the extent and location of the damage:

•  Simple repairs: Minor chips or cracks can often be repaired relatively quickly and easily in the dentist's office.
•  Relining: If the denture no longer fits properly due to changes in your mouth, a relining procedure can restore its snugness and prevent further damage.
•  Rebasing: For significant changes in your mouth structure, a rebasing might be necessary. This involves replacing the denture base with a new one while preserving the existing teeth.
•  Complete denture replacement: In cases of extensive damage or irreparable dentures, a complete replacement might be the best option.

Ensuring a Successful Outcome: Your Key Role

Remember, dear reader, that open communication with your dentist is crucial throughout this process. Discuss your concerns, budget, and desired outcome openly. Additionally:

•  Follow aftercare instructions meticulously. This will help the repairs last longer and prevent future issues.
•  Schedule regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, dentures require periodic professional care to maintain their health and functionality.
•  Practice good oral hygiene. Regularly clean your dentures and your mouth to prevent the buildup of bacteria and plaque, which can weaken the denture material and irritate your gums.

By actively participating in your oral care and working closely with your dentist, you can ensure a successful outcome after a denture break. Remember, restoration dentistry is your partner in navigating this hiccup in your dental journey. Embrace the repair process and get ready to smile confidently once again!

Talk to one of our caring patient coordinators today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Frank Sioda
18676 Willamette Dr. Suite 202
West Linn, OR 97068-1718

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