Dentures are prosthetic teeth that allow people with missing teeth to bite, chew, and smile normally. Dentures are carefully crafted for each individual because an ill-fitting denture can cause pain. If your dentures are damaged due to an accident or normal wear and tear, your dentist may be able to fix them. Here are four things you should do if your full or partial dentures are damaged:
1. Do not wear your dentures until they are repaired.
You may be tempted to continue wearing your dentures if they're only a little damaged. However, it's important that you wait until your dentist can fix them. Damaged dentures can cause injury to the soft tissue in your mouth. You should continue storing your dentures in water or a denture solution until they can be repaired. This will keep your dentures from drying out, which will prevent any further damage.
2. Make an appointment with your dentist.
As soon as you notice that your dentures are broken, you should call your dentist's office to make an appointment. Many dentists will prioritize patients with broken dentures and make every effort to get you in for an appointment right away. Make sure you bring your damaged dentures with you to the dentist's office. If any parts of your dentures have broken off from the main device, you should bring those too. They will help your dentist evaluate what went wrong.
3. Have a dental exam.
Your dentist will examine your mouth as well as your broken denture at your appointment. They will check to make sure your broken denture didn't injure your gums or teeth. Then they will figure out what went wrong with your dentures. After this, your dentures will be sent to a lab for repairs based on the dentist's findings.
4. Go back to the dentist's office for denture pickup and adjustments.
When your dentures are ready, your dentist will call you to schedule another appointment. It's important to pick up your dentures in person because your dentist will want to check the fit. Newly repaired dentures may not fit comfortably right away. Your dentist will have you try your dentures on in their office. They will ask for feedback regarding your comfort level, and they will also manually and visually inspect the fit. Your dentist will adjust your dentures until they feel comfortable, but you can always come back for additional adjustments if necessary. Contact a dentist if you have more questions regarding denture repair.