Broken Dentures; Repair, Reline, and Adjustments

Dentures Repair, Reline, and Adjustments

Accidents can happen that cause damage to your dentures. Your denture is also susceptible to wear and tear as your mouth shifts and changes over time.

 

Regardless of the circumstance, you must receive the best denture repair service when your dentures are cracked or breaking down.

 

Our highly skilled dentists and dental laboratory technicians have access to state-of-the-art technology and advanced repair materials – all safely located within the on-site laboratory at your local practice.

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Avoid Fixing Broken Dentures Yourself

If your denture is broken in half, contact your dentist immediately rather than attempting DIY fixes. 

 

Reasons you should avoid fixing dentures yourself include:

  • Not all glue is designed for oral consumption and may lead to sickness, especially in an upset stomach.

  • Most of the commonly used household glues are fickle to dental ceramic, leading to the glue destroying any joint you are attempting to repair by melting the plastic around the edges. 

  • Damaged areas can be challenging to glue without slightly ridging appropriately. A slight bump can lead to many discomforts in your mouth and may even damage the gums in the tongue. 

  • Further damage can occur if dentures are not repaired correctly. 

Common Causes of a Broken Denture 

One of the most common causes of a broken denture is wear and tear over time. After years of use, a denture has undergone many stress cycles of chewing and daily wear. Additionally, temperature variations found in hot and cold foods and beverages, the acid found in foods, and the moisture in your mouth can all contribute to the wear and tear of a denture. 

 

Progressive bone loss can also cause a denture to loosen over time. If your denture no longer fits properly, it can move around in your mouth more easily. A lack of stability for a denture can cause stress and pressure points, ultimately leading to a crack or break. 

What To Do If Your Dentures Break 

If your dentures break, the first step is to see what has broken on the dental device. Depending on how your dentures have broken, you may be unable to create a temporary fix at home before seeing your dentist. 

 

Here’s how to fix a broken denture in an emergency:

  1. Call your dentist. Explain the situation to your dentist by describing what portion of your denture has broken. From there, your dentist can assist you with making an emergency appointment. 

  2. Look for a denture repair kit. Most local drug stores carry emergency repair kits for dentures and ensure that the kit is labeled as suitable for dental work and FDA-approved. While many may claim to fix cracks, these kits are not meant for long-term fixes. 

  3. Visit your dentist. After attempting a temporary fix, follow through on your emergency dental appointment for a permanent solution. Your dentist will be able to repair your denture and ensure that it continues to be a comfortable solution for missing teeth. 

Denture Repair

If your denture needs repair, let our team help find the best solution and get you back to your life in as little as one day. With our assistance, repairing your denture is a simple and hassle-free experience. Contact Radix Dentistry to schedule a denture repair appointment.

Denture Repair FAQs

How do I know if I need a denture repair?

If you have teeth in your dentures that are cracked, broken or have fallen out completely, you must see your dentist for a repair as soon as possible.

 

Some other signs that you may need denture repair are:

  • Gum and mouth sores

  • Constant discomfort when wearing your dentures

  • Bad breath or an odor on the dentures

 

You must follow your dentist’s instructions when caring for your dentures. You must also maintain good oral hygiene to keep your mouth and teeth healthy and support your dentures.

How long does a denture repair take?

For minor or simple repairs, we can get any repair you need to finish on the same day as your appointment. It may take extra time to re-fabricate the device in our lab for a more dramatic break in your dentures. If the damage is too extensive, your dentist may recommend a new set of dentures.

Can I fix my dentures at home?

While you may be able to buy an at-home denture repair kit, it is not recommended that you try to fix your dentures yourself. These kits are okay for a quick fix, but you must schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately to repair it professionally. Leaving your dentures broken or untreated may damage your remaining teeth or gums over time.

Denture Reline

Over time, you may find that your denture alignment doesn’t feel as natural as it once was. Denture reline is a normal part of the denture lifecycle and has a simple solution.

 

By performing a denture reline, which refits your dentures back to your gums, we can help restore your dentures’ natural look and feel. And, with our commitment to providing affordable dental care, you can trust that your local practice is your best choice for denture relines and adjustments.  Contact our practice to schedule a denture repair appointment.

Denture Reline FAQs

What is a denture reline?

A denture reline is a simple, pain-free procedure that refits your dentures to your gums. It’s very similar to creating a new denture, so you might be surprised at how familiar it feels!

 

Why is a denture reline needed?

With regular talking, chewing, and other parts of daily wear and tear, the material that makes up your dentures can get stretched out or loose. Your dentures might also become looser as you age. A denture reline creates a tighter fit by reshaping your dentures to your gums.

 

What is the denture reline procedure?

The dentist uses a new impression to fix loose-fitting prosthetics. The unique impression helps the in-house laboratory team adjust your dentures to fit your gums better.

 

How long does it take?

Our practice will often have your denture relines completed in a single visit. Radix Dentistry features an on-site laboratory, which allows your dentist to create your relines in-house.

 

What is the difference between a hard and soft denture reline?

A hard reline uses hard acrylic to mimic the original material of the denture base. A soft reline uses a softer material, less durable but gentler on sensitive gums.

 

Do denture relines hurt?

Your dentist is only creating an impression of the surface of your gums, and the procedure should not cause pain. If you’re concerned about discomfort, contact our practice to ask questions and discuss their method in depth.

Denture Adjustments

Did you know your mouth changes shape? Your dentures’ overall fit and comfort can change as your mouth changes. Thankfully, dentures today have come a long way through. If soreness and discomfort keep you enjoying your dentures, let our experienced team find a solution.

 

If your dentures aren’t fitting right, contact our practice to schedule an adjustment appointment. During your visit, the team will thoroughly assess your situation and create the best plan of action to get you back to what you love faster.

Denture Adjustments FAQs

I just received new dentures; why do I need an adjustment?

New dentures can take some time to get used to, so we provide an affordable approach to denture adjustments. For dentures fabricated at the practice you visited, adjustments are free during the first 60 days after your treatment. Afterward, adjustments are available for a nominal fee.

Why are my dentures hurting my mouth?

Full or partial dentures rest on your gums. Over time, your dentures may sit in high spots on your gum line, and this causes dentures to rub against the mouth, gums, and surrounding soft tissue – unfortunately, resulting in discomfort and soreness.

How do you adjust my dentures?

Don’t let aching gums and mouth pain stop you from enjoying your new smile with dentures. Radix Dentistry offers denture adjustments to continue to customize your denture for you. The team takes a patient-centric approach to care, and through our in-house Laboratory, the dentist and technician will work together to adjust your denture to your mouth as it changes.

Do I need my dentures adjusted?

Some symptoms to watch out for that might signal a denture adjustment are:

  • Sores on your gums

  • Discomfort when wearing your dentures

  • Broken or damaged teeth

  • Irritation in the mouth 

  • Dentures slipping or falling out of your mouth

  • Difficulty chewing or speaking

What is the difference between an adjustment and a reline?

Adjustments are minor tweaks to your dentures as your mouth tissues change over time.

 

Two types of relines can happen when your dentures are giving you trouble. Hard relines will remove a layer of plastic from the inside surface of your denture to create a brand-new impression and mold of your mouth that will then be reformed in our on-site laboratory to fit better in your mouth.

 

Soft relines are similar to dentures made of softer material for those with more sensitive gums. Relines should be done once every couple of years to ensure ultimate comfort and an ideal fit for your denture.

References & Resources

https://www.healthline.com/health/false-teeth

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dentures

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removable_partial_denture

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/10900-dentures

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/10901-denture-care

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/24303-implant-supported-dentures

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-health-dentures