How Many Times Can You Have a Denture Repair?

People who have worn dentures for a while know that denture repair is very common.

The material that dentures are made from erode over time. Also, they are not very durable, which can cause denture fracture.

Why is denture repair common?

According to research conducted by Hawler Medical University, the leading cause of denture repair is denture fracture, which is usually caused by a poor fit. As people chew and bite with their dentures, they apply a force that causes micro-fractures in the denture material.

For example, if the upper and lower sets of the denture do not align evenly, one risks putting too much pressure on one area. This will eventually lead to a large break, which in turn will likely reveal a crack to let the patient know that the denture needs to be repaired.

Impact fractures, which are usually caused by dropping the denture, can also break the denture at any point, leading to the denture needing to be fixed. The metal clasps on partial dentures can also be damaged and will have to be repaired before the partial denture can be used again.

How can my denture be repaired?

Now that we have gone over some of the ways dentures can easily be damaged, it is time to discuss how they can be repaired. The good news here is that some of the damage done to dentures can be fixed at home while the patient waits to be seen by their dentist.

Temporary denture repair

A denture repair kit, which can be purchased at most local pharmacies, is a very important tool to have. It makes the repair go more smoothly than it would if one tries to fix it with regular tools.

Before we go any further, it is important to understand that if the denture is cracked, trying to glue it together will only provide a temporary fix. It will not last long because the denture will be unable to withstand the pressure from chewing.

If the denture is broken in half, it can be temporarily fixed with the dental glue in a denture repair kit. This will buy the patient some time until they can see their dentist. If one or more of the artificial teeth on the denture chips or breaks off, then the teeth may be replaced with one of the several different sizes and shapes of teeth in the repair kit.

Is a professional denture repair needed?

Yes. Individuals can perform temporary denture repairs, but the repairs usually only buy the patient enough time until they get a chance to see their dentist. Getting the denture repair done by a professional ensures that it will last much longer.

However, since dentures are fragile by nature, the patient will likely have to bring them back in for more repairs down the line.

Conclusion

Denture repair is a very common occurrence for people who have dentures because dentures are fragile and prone to damage. If your dentures break, fix it temporarily with a repair kit and schedule an appointment with your dentist to get it fixed by a professional.

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