Your family dentist most likely provided you with advice and guidelines on how to properly care for your dentures. But this doesn’t mean your dentures will remain completely resistant to damage. Accidents can happen at any moment. Your dentures are prone to damage, especially over their lifetime.
In addition, your mouth will also change over time. This means that your dentures will have to be relined to fit your mouth comfortably.
Here at Hayven Dentures, many of our patients ask us if they can repair or reline their dentures at home.
The quick answer is no.
While it might look like a good idea to seal a quick crack, or fastening a missing tooth with super glue, these at-home repairs could end up causing further damage to your dentures. It can lead to damage, discomfort and pain. At-home repairs will lead to you needing professional repairs in the long run which can be costly.
Dentures can be expensive for patients with limited budgets or fixed incomes. So it’s important that there aren’t any further complications caused by improper repair.
What Do I Do If My Dentures Are Cracked, Missing A Tooth Or Warped?
The first thing you should do is remain calm. While your broken denture might seem like an emergency at first, just know that you can get the help you need in a timely manner. Most repairs are quick to implement by your denture technician. But you will need to visit our office in order to determine the extent of the damage.
If there are any missing or broken pieces you can locate, you should gather them and place them somewhere safe. The more pieces of your denture that you can give to your denturist, the better they can fix your dentures in a timely manner. Additionally, providing these pieces can significantly reduce the expense of having them repaired.
The next thing you need to do is contact your denturist. At Hayven Dentures, we understand that most clients rely on their dentures for daily use. We’ll do everything possible to schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.
Most minor repairs and relines can be finished in a single appointment. At your appointment, your denture technician will inform you of the extent of the damage and what action can be taken to fix it.
In the meantime, you should try and minimize use of your dentures or be as gentle with them as possible. If your dentures are very damaged, it would be best to minimize use as much as possible to prevent even further damage, pain or unpleasantness.
You can stick to soft foods like pudding, oatmeal, or mashed veggies. Avoid any hard, sticky or chewy foods.
While you might find many articles or videos on how to fix your dentures at home, repairing them at home has several risks that aren’t worth it in the end.