Can Cracked Dentures Be Repaired?

A cracked denture is a major problem that can disrupt eating and speaking habits while also leaving the mouth toothless. In this article, Radiant Smiles discussed dentures and whether or not they can be repaired.

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What To Do If You Have Cracked Dentures?

When you see a denture crack, the first thing you should do is visit a general dentist. While speaking with a dentist, the patient should describe where the break on the dentures is located. After that, you should make an appointment to fix the damage appropriately. Depending on the extent of the damage, a prosthodontist may be required to repair the dentures to ensure that they continue to fit properly. For instance, it would require more professional repair work if the dentures crack and split in half. There are temporary repair methods that may be done at home for small cracks or other minor damage.

Quick Fixes for a Cracked Denture

There are various temporary repairs that a denture user might try at home when a crack develops. Temporary repairs are useful if the general dentist is unavailable at the time. 

For example, denture repair kits are intended to be used in an emergency and are available at local drugstores. These kits are great for patching up fractures in the short term. When looking for a repair kit, look for one that has been FDA-approved for dental procedures. Bonding substances are frequently included in these kits.

Visiting our Dental Emergency clinic in Albany or an emergency dentist in Perth is an option too. We are always prepared to cater to emergencies that require immediate repair of your dentures.

When denture wearers are in a crisis and can’t visit a prosthodontist for a day or two, these repair kits come in handy. Even if you have a repair kit, keep in mind that every home repair is just temporary. To avoid future oral problems, dentures should always be carried to a prosthodontist.

Is it Possible to Repair Dentures Broken in Half?

Dentures split in half is a common type of cracked dentures. Your whole denture can be repaired if it has a full fracture. The fact that the two sides of the fractured denture fit back together correctly is the most important aspect in a successful repair (which is the most common scenario). 

Smaller chunks of acrylic break off and are lost very seldom. Because this is a much more challenging repair, you may need a new denture constructed.

What Are The Common Causes of a Cracked Denture?

The causes of cracked dentures are not limited to just one factor. Wear and tear is one of the most prevalent reasons for a broken denture. A denture often goes through countless stress cycles of chewing and regular wear for years. 

Temperature changes in hot and cold meals and beverages, as well as the acid in foods and the moisture in your mouth, can all contribute to denture wear and tear.

Another main cause of cracked dentures is loosening/weakening. A denture might loosen over time as a result of progressive bone loss. If your denture no longer fits properly, it will be more likely to slide about in your mouth. A denture’s lack of stability can lead to tension and pressure spots, which can lead to a fracture or break.

How to Prevent Your Denture From Breaking?

Acrylic, a specific, robust plastic substance resistant to harm, is used to make dentures. By taking a few measures when wearing your dentures, you can ensure that they last as long as possible. 

Always stand over a towel or a sink full of water when removing a denture to lessen the blow if it is dropped. When your denture clashes on the sink while cleaning, it becomes more likely to break.

If you have any issues with the fit of your denture or detect any cracks, you should contact your dentist immediately. If you identify the problem early enough, you may be able to repair your denture rather than having to replace it entirely.

Consider Permanent Dentures

While removable dentures have their advantages, we understand that some patients would like to avoid the trouble.

Permanent dentures anchored by implants are occasionally achievable in this situation.

Set up an appointment with us if you think this may be the solution to your missing teeth. We’ll help you figure out whether you’re a good candidate.