Providing Denture Repair at Our In-House Dental Lab
It never fails, that when something goes wrong it is always at the worst possible time. Have broken dentures and wondering what you can do to get you through your wedding, graduation, party, or work day? Here are a few tips.
Broken Denture - No Problem
No matter how careful you are with your dentures, you can have an accident and break them. Unfortunately, it can happen at the most inopportune moments, leaving you with gaps or even unable to chew. You likely have extra light bulbs, a spare tire and even extra glasses, possibly even several. Chances are that you currently do not have an extra set of dentures. Do you want to be left with broken dentures and no backup? Luckily, the Texas Denture Clinic has an in house lab offering same day denture repair at either our Dallas or Fort Worth office.
Broken Dentures? Now What?
First off, determined what happened. Typically with dentures, there are only a few ways in which they break.
- Did a tooth come off or break?
- Did the denture break in half?
- Did a piece of the “pink” acrylic fall off or break off, leaving the denture mostly intact?
- Do you have a partial and did a metal clasp break?
Broken Denture Tooth
If it is only a tooth that fell out of your denture, then that is good news. This type of repair is generally easy to temporarily fix your self. As always, a professional repair with denture acrylic is the best long term repair. However, when In a bind you have a few options.
1. Super glue- yes you can super glue the tooth temporarily back on.
- Take your denture out, dry it off, make sure the tooth goes right back in place.
- Apply a small amount of super glue, then quickly add the tooth.
- Give it time to dry, remove any excess material.
- There will be a chemical taste, and super glue is somewhat toxic. Expect this self-repair to only last a short while, try not to eat on the tooth. Come see us to get the tooth professionally added back on, so it will last longer.
2. Denture Repair Kit – available from Walgreens, CVS.
- You can use this kit as an alternative to super glue. Follow the instructions above and use in place of super glue. This repair kit shows that it also works for cracks in the denture, however I do not recommend this at all for cracks in the denture.
DO NOT TRY THIS YOUR SELF!!!
Cracked Dentures or Dentures broken in half are unrepairable for a DIY (Do it Your Self). If you attempt to use superglue or the denture repair kit you will inevitably be buying your self a new denture.
You see, a cracked denture is only repairable if it goes back together exactly how it was before. This is a special kind of repair that can only be done in out dental office. If you attempt to repair and you get it wrong, the glue or repair material will fill in the crack and we will be unable to get it back exactly how it was. This will result in your bite being off, lack of suction, high areas on your gums, ect.
With a cracked, or broken denture, you will just need to visit our dental office as soon as possible.
Repairing Broken Dentures
Denture repairs can take about one hour if it is simple like repairing a denture tooth, or if cracked it may take up to four hours. This is a far cry from other dentists who do not have an in house lab – there it may take days even up to a week or more!
Your dentures can break for any number of reasons, but the leading cause is time. Over time, bone resorption or atrophy occurs causing the supporting tissues to have a slight gap between the denture and the gums. Dentures usually require relining every 2-3 years. After 5-7 years, it is time to replace them altogether. Did you know your dentures are involved in 1,200,000 million chewing cycles every year!
Quality Dental Care
The first step is the consultation. Dr. Damon, Dr. Blankenshp, or Dr. Secola will evaluate if your broken denture can be fixed and if so – how. Often times we need to take a reline impression for either a reline or a rebase. Using this, we grind down the broken areas and then add acrylic to repair it. After, they have to be cured, trimmed and polished before the final cleaning. Then returned to you… fixed!
First step is the consultation. Dr. Damon, Dr. Blankenshp, or Dr. Secola will evaluate if your broken denture can be fixed and if so – how. Often times we need to take a reline impression for either a reline or a rebase. Using this, we grind down the broken areas and then add acrylic to repair it. After, they have to be cured, trimmed and polished before the final cleaning. Then returned to you… fixed!
Quality Dental Care
If you are needing a denture repair in Dallas or Fort Worth we have 2 offices to serve you. One near downtown Fort Worth off Summit Ave and the other is conveniently located on I-75 and Belt Line Rd in Richardson. Contact us today using our online form or call our Dallas office at (972) 457 – 3097 or our Fort Worth Office at (817) 756-7047 to schedule an appointment.