Need Emergency Denture Repair? We Can Help!
Having dentures is already difficult, let alone having broken dentures. If you’re anything like the rest of us, your dentures probably broke with impeccably bad timing. Denture repair probably seems out of reach. Luckily for you, every Nebraska Family Dentistry location offers emergency denture repair so that you can rest easy.
Whether you know it or not, dentures break all the time. Because of our emergency dental team, we see cases of broken dentures in our offices all the time. The good news is that it means we know how to help. Let’s take a look at how and why dentures break.
How and Why Dentures Break
Again, it isn’t uncommon for dentures to break. But that doesn’t make it any more convenient.
Dentures can break from a handful of things. Sometimes dentists do a poor job constructing your dentures, meaning they aren’t always a good fit to start with. When dentures break, it isn’t always apparent. Sometimes small cracks and fractures happen, predisposing your dentures to bigger breaks in the future. When this happens, dentures are prone to small cracks, which can compound over time.
Your face also naturally changes when you wear dentures. When you lose your teeth, their roots are no longer connected to your jaw bones. As a result, your face naturally begins to lose bone mass over time. Over time, your dentures become less and less of a good fit, since the shape of your face changes significantly. These changes can cause your dentures to break too.
Having your dentures replaced regularly – every seven years or so – is essential for maintaining a good fit. Dentures also endure a large amount of pressure and change, since they have to handle frequent speaking and chewing. It’s also natural for the materials from which your dentures are made to deteriorate over time.
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Easy Denture Repair
The difficulty of denture repair will depend on how badly the dentures are broken. You can sometimes use a simple bonding material to repair them. Other times, however, it can be a little bit more involved. Regardless, although you can have your dentures fixed, they’ll never be as strong as when you first had them made. If you’re having a more difficult repair done, it may be necessary for your dentist to take a new impression of your mouth.
If it’s merely a cracked or lost tooth within your dentures, we can usually send them to a dental lab to be fixed. They’ll just match the current shape of the other teeth, so it blends in and looks natural. Sometimes, small chips can be fixed without even being taken to the dental lab.
Visiting the dentist often is always a good solution, and can be especially important for denture patients. The first step in having your dentures repaired should be to have them checked by your dentist, and they will advise you on what to do next.
Looking after your dentures will prove to be important in keeping them safe, clean, and ultimately, intact. By taking good care of your dentures, you’ll be able to get the longest life possible out of them.
In modern dentistry, dentures aren’t the go-to tooth replacement method anymore. Even those who have had dentures can now be given another option called a Hybrid Prosthesis, or “teeth in one day.”
During the procedure, our dentists work with oral surgery experts to place implants that fuse with your jawbone over time. These implants hold up like permanent teeth, that you never have to remove. Instead, you take care of them like normal teeth, and they remain in your mouth for the rest of your life.
If you’re interested in a Hybrid Prosthesis, ask our dentists about it next time you come in, or schedule a free consultation today. Feel free to give us a call, and we’d be happy to talk to you about the ins and outs of the procedure.