Having broken or broken teeth can be a major inconvenience, but fortunately, in most cases, they can be repaired without too much trouble. A dentist or prosthodontist will usually remove the damaged tooth and replace it with a new one that matches the color of the rest of the denture. The new tooth is then attached to the denture. However, if the damage is extensive, you may need to get a completely new set of dentures.
Before you head to the dentist for a repair, there are a few things you should know, such as the cost of the repairs and the precautions you need to take. Read on to learn more about repairing partial dentures and taking care of your dentures.
Repairing Partial Dentures
Having a partial denture can be a great advantage for people who have tooth decay or other issues. It can also help keep their remaining teeth in place.
Sometimes, though, these dental appliances have problems and need to be repaired. These can range from simple repairs to more complex ones. Fortunately, there are a few tips for repairing partial dentures that will help you keep your smile looking great.
First, check for broken teeth. These are one of the most common denture problems. If you have a broken tooth, it's time to call your dentist.
Second, check for broken clasps. Broken wire clasps can cause your partial dentures to shift and loosen. You may need to replace the clasps completely.
Third, check for broken edges. Broken edges are often the result of wearing your denture for a long time. This can cause excessive stress on the denture's design. You can fix these issues by repairing the edges with a new layer of acrylic.
Finally, if your dentures have broken or chipped teeth, you may need to have them replaced. Depending on the extent of the damage, this may be something that can be done at home or in a dentist's office.
Precautions for Dentures
Taking care of your dentures is essential in order to prevent complications. Dentures are expensive appliances that require proper care and maintenance. Not taking care of them can cause sores and infections in the gums and mouth. Dentures that are worn properly will last up to seven to ten years.
Dentures should be cleaned daily. You can use a special denture cleaning solution or soak them in water. It is also important to rinse them after every meal to prevent food debris from sticking to them.
It is also important to brush your tongue and gums regularly. This will remove any food residue and prevent bad breath. You can also use a mouthwash for denture wearers to keep your mouth clean.
Dentures should be kept in a denture cup when not in use. This will help cushion them if they fall and prevent them from shattering.
You should also use warm water when soaking your dentures. However, you should never put them in hot water as this can cause them to warp. You should also avoid using bleaching products to clean your dentures as this can change their color and weaken them.
When cleaning your dentures, it is best to use a mild denture cleaning solution such as one part distilled white vinegar and four parts water.
Cost of Repairs
Having your dentures repaired can help prolong their lifespan and improve your appearance, speech, and oral hygiene.
The cost of repairing dentures varies depending on the severity of the damage, the type of denture being repaired, and where it is being done. A simple repair might cost only $75 while a more complicated repair may cost up to $150. The cost may also vary depending on the type of material used; some materials are cheaper but may cause damage while others are more durable and last longer.
Dentures may also be broken because of improper fit; if they are too loose they may cause fractures while if they are too tight they may cause grinding when chewing.
Depending on your insurance policy you may have to pay for the repair yourself or pay a fee for a denturist to work on them. The cost of repairs can vary from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars depending on complexity and location.
This decision is usually made during a consultation with a dentist or prosthodontist. If your denture has broken it's important to repair it quickly as wearing it when it's broken can further damage your mouth and teeth. You should avoid repairing dentures at home as this can damage them or harm your health.
Emergency Denture Repair Kits
In case of emergency you can get a prosthesis repair kit which will allow you to perform basic and temporary repairs to your dental prosthesis until you can see your dentist. Most kits contain an adhesive material (cement or glue) that you can use for periodic repairs.
It's important to remember that glue, cement, and adhesive materials used in denture repair are only temporary solutions; after using them you should have your dental prosthesis repaired or replaced by a professional as soon as possible.