Signs You Need a Denture Repair

Posted on: 12 July 2019

If you are new to wearing false teeth, then it may not be immediately obvious that you need a denture repair. In most cases, a set of dentures will last for up to seven years before they have to be replaced. However, many false teeth wearers will find that they require some sort of repair before then. A broken denture repair is certainly preferable to a completely new set of false teeth because it is cheaper. What's more, repairing a broken set of false teeth means that no further adjustment in your mouth will be needed to accommodate a new set. After all, most people who wear dentures get used to them after a few months so repairs tend to feel more comfortable than new sets. What are the signs you should be looking out for that indicate you may need a repair?

Slipping Dentures

When dentures start to feel loose-fitting, it can come after a long, slow process. This may mean that you don't realise just how bad the problem has become over the course of a few months. Obvious signals that you require a repair to your denture, like your false teeth falling out of your mouth, are not that common. It is more likely that a denture relining or a similar repair will be needed if you notice irritation on your gums, especially after you have been eating. Dentures which slip a little when you chew place stress on your gums in places that are not intended. By your dentist simply realigning your dentures, such problems can be corrected so it is not worth allowing the situation to worsen. Slipping dentures which are not realigned swiftly enough may need to be rebased – something which means the base of your denture is replaced. This is a costlier and lengthier procedure.

Cracked Dentures

When your false teeth have been damaged, the signs are not always clear cut. A denture that is in two pieces obviously needs professional attention. However, in some cases, you may notice a crack in your false teeth only when you inspect them carefully. Hairline fractures may only be visible once you have cleaned your denture, so check it thoroughly after a night's soaking and take it to your dentist if you are in doubt about its condition.

Repair Your Own Denture?

Some people advise conducting your own denture repair. After all, it is perfectly possible to buy adhesives that claim to be able to do the job. Do not take this advice, however. A professional broken denture repair is always preferable. The glues used in some commercially available denture products can be toxic, so they are best avoided.