Are your dentures broken?
The average denture endures a lot of abuse: chewing, grinding, dropping… Whether because of an accident, regular wear and tear, or because of the dog, dentures eventually break or wear out.
Broken Dentures: Where to Repair?
Denture Repairs range from replacing chipped or lost teeth to transforming pieces back into a whole denture. Simple repairs can often be done by a dentist in-office if the office is equipped with dentures repair equipment. Major repairs often need to be sent out to be fixed by a dental technician at a dental lab. A denture repair is a good opportunity to consider adding implants for stabilization because the denture can be retrofitted for implants during the repair saving you time and money.
It’s More Than Gluing Pieces Together
How hard can it be? Dentures seem simple, but don’t be fooled.
Repairing a denture is more than just putting pieces back together, it involves re-evaluating the bite, the bone, and the gums and reconfiguring the design to match. In a time when there seems to be a Youtube tutorial for everything, it’s important to realize that while anyone can superglue pieces together, it requires specialized equipment and training to design a denture repair to match a mouth.
That being said, be sure that the dentist repairing your denture takes the time to evaluate your bite. One of the reasons dentures break is that an imbalanced bite is stressing the denture during chewing. If your denture is repaired without examining your bite, you’ll be back for another repair before you know it.
Warning: Some DIY Denture Repair Kits Are Toxic
Every so often we have to salvage DIY dentistry and it’s always so sad. Self-help dentistry can damage the jaws by throwing off the bite and can hurt mouth tissue when the repair materials have toxic ingredients. In an effort to save money with DIY dentistry, people end up creating nightmare situations that are more painful and more costly than their original problem.
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