What Do I Do if I Damage My Dentures?

What Do I Do if I Damage My Dentures?

Lake Forest, CA

Dentures are a convenient solution for those who have lost their natural teeth, restoring both function and confidence in one fell swoop. However, accidents may happen, and it's important to know how to handle any mishaps that may damage your dentures to ensure their functionality and longevity.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are removable dental appliances that are designed to replace missing teeth and restore the appearance and function of your smile. They consist of a gum-colored base made from acrylic or metal, which holds a set of artificial teeth in place.

There are two main types of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all natural teeth have been lost, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain. Both types can be custom-made to fit comfortably in your mouth. 

What Causes Damage to Dentures? 

Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and restore functionality to the mouth. They can be made from various materials like acrylic or metal, and they are customized to fit each individual's mouth. While dentures are built to withstand regular wear and tear, they can still get damaged over time. One common cause of damage is accidentally dropping or mishandling the dentures. When dropped on a hard surface, dentures can chip or break. 

Another factor contributing to denture damage is poor oral hygiene. Failure to properly clean and care for your dentures can lead to plaque buildup, which can weaken the structure of the appliance over time. Additionally, using harsh cleaning agents or abrasive toothpaste can scratch or erode the surface of the dentures.

Chewing on hard foods such as ice cubes or candies can also result in damage to your dentures. These actions put excessive pressure on the appliance and may cause it to crack or fracture. Changes in jawbone density due to age or certain medical conditions may affect how well your dentures fit over time. Ill-fitting dentures can lead to discomfort and an increased risk of breakage if not addressed promptly. 

How to Repair Minor Damage to Dentures 

If you've accidentally damaged your dentures, don't panic. Minor damage to dentures is common and can often be repaired at home without the need for professional assistance. Here are some steps you can take to repair minor damage and get your dentures back in working order: 

Assess the extent of the damage. Is it a chip or a crack? If it's a small chip, you may be able to fix it yourself using dental adhesive specifically designed for repairs on dentures. Simply apply a small amount of adhesive to the chipped area and press the pieces together gently but firmly. 

For cracks or breaks in your dentures, however, it's best to seek professional help. Attempting to repair them yourself could lead to further damage or an ill-fitting appliance. Schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, if any sharp edges are present due to the damage, use dental wax or petroleum jelly to cover them temporarily and prevent any injuries inside your mouth. 

Remember that prevention is better than cure when it comes to maintaining your dentures' longevity. Handle them with care, avoid dropping them onto hard surfaces, and always store them properly in a designated case when not in use. 

By following these steps and taking proper care of your dentures, you'll ensure they stay in good condition for a longer time. Don't hesitate and act promptly if you experience any problems with your dental appliances!

Visit Nicole E. Kuske, DDS, at 22992 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630, or call (949) 855-0176 for the best dental care tailored to your specific requirements.

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