Your father wasn’t sure about his dentures at first, but now that he’s gotten used to speaking and eating with them, he’s happy with how they’re working so far. However, lately he’s been worried about whether his new teeth will last. What happens if they break? Can they be repaired? Can he do anything to stop that from happening? Here’s what you need to know about denture repair as well as some ways to take care of them.
What Can Damage My Dentures?
Like natural teeth, dentures can be worn down over time through simple wear and tear. Not only does this affect the effectiveness of the bite, but it can also lead to the denture no longer fitting properly in your mouth; a poor fit can also happen due to loss of bone and gum tissue. Your artificial teeth can also suffer from other forms of physical damage, such as a strong impact from being dropped. Note that damage to any part of the appliance – not just the teeth – can be a problem.
Can My Dentures Be Repaired?
Fortunately, dentures can be fixed or adjusted based on the issue. In the case of a poor fit, it can be relined with additional materials; this can also be done to reinforce the appliance in the case of fractures. If more extensive repairs are needed, it can be sent to a dental laboratory. And of course, in some cases, it may need to be replaced altogether.
How Can I Take Care of My Dentures?
Even though some damage will inevitably take place over time, there are ways you can extend the life of your dentures:
- Brush them daily with a soft-bristled brush. Make sure you take them out and rinse them after meals; it’s also a good idea to clean your mouth after removing your dentures.
- Handle them carefully; be sure not to damage the plastic or the metal clasps when performing a routine cleaning
- Soak them in water or a soaking solution overnight; dentures can lose their shape if they dry out.
- Continue your regular dental appointments for professional cleanings and check-ups. Your dentist will make sure the appliance is fitted properly in your mouth.
Don’t ignore discomfort or any physical damage on your dentures. These issues can become exacerbated if unaddressed. Always call your dentist if you think there’s a problem with your dentures. Artificial teeth can make a big difference for the people who need them, but like any form of dental care, constant vigilance is needed to make sure it lasts.
About the Author
Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury has been practicing dentistry for 44 years and counting. He uses the latest tools in dentistry to provide patients with quality care; he enjoys getting to interact with different people each day. For patients with missing teeth, he offers full and partial dentures as well as other options for replacement. To schedule an appointment at his practice, Stansbury Dental, visit his website or call (903) 561-1122.