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A Guide Broken Dentures

Dentures are a popular tooth restoration option that for many years have helped people lead a normal life in the absence of their natural teeth. Dentures have allowed people to smile with confidence, eat and drink with few problems, and aided the simple things such as talking.

But what happens when they crack or break? Unfortunately this is a situation that has been experienced by a few denture wearers and it isn’t pleasant. It means that eating and drinking can prove difficult, and from a psychological point of view, can also make a person feel self conscious as they have to go about their business without the dentures whilst they are repaired.

Luckily though, there are a couple of solutions, both temporary and permanent, that will fix the dentures should they become broken or damaged, so you should have the confidence to know that even if you do have a mishap there is something that can be done to put everything right again.

Dentures can break in a number of different ways, with some breakages requiring emergency dental assistance which can be found at Pearl Dental Clinic in South London, and other breakages not requiring as much urgency. A small chip or stain for assistance is not deemed an emergency scenario.

An emergency appointment is more than likely needed if the dentures are severely cracked or broken. This is because in this instance they will make even the smallest of tasks, such as eating and talking, difficult.

Are dentures prone to breaking?

Dentures, in comparison to dental implants, are more likely to break after a certain period of time, with the most common reason why they fail proving to be age and deterioration. For instance, after seven to eight years it is recommended that dentures are replaced, because the materials that they are constructed from start to suffer the effects of wear and tear, resulting in them getting weaker and consequently easier to break. Dentures are made from plastic or metal so naturally these materials will start to reduce in quality and strength as time goes on, especially when they are being used all the time in a damp environment. Chewing foods tends to put the most pressure on them.

Another reason why dentures are likely to break after a set period of time is because even in adulthood, the shape of the jaw and face alters, with the result that the dentures will gradually become less of a snug fit and become looser, which in turn will see them not only being uncomfortable to wear but also being more at risk of damage because they don’t fit as they should.

If they are known to break and deteriorate over time should I look at alternatives?

With the above information in mind, it is no surprise that you may want to look into alternatives. Dentures have their advantages, but with regards to longevity and reliance, they can be a little suspect after a few years of wear and tear. Dental implants are the main alternative to dentures and are known to be a little more reliable.

Dental implants are the ideal option for people who want a more permanent solution and are designed to be replacements for extracted or lost teeth. They are made from a more durable material (ceramic) and are also fixed permanently into the jawbone by a vertical rod, so, with regards to being hard wearing, there isn’t anything better.

Dentures, however, are a cheaper restoration option, so this will ultimately have a bearing on your decision.

If my dentures are broken or damaged, what’s the likelihood that I can get them repaired?

In most instances your dentures will be able to be fixed with relative ease, but it all depends on how badly damaged they actually are – in some extreme cases, they may not be able to repair them and you may have to have new.

Broken dentures, as opposed to cracked or chipped dentures, are the most difficult to repair because they literally have to be pieced back together again by the professional. This does not mean to say that they cannot be repaired well though. Cracked dentures, on the other hand, are a little easier to try to repair.

If you have the misfortune of badly damaging your dentures, you should take them straight to an emergency dentist, as this will enable you to get something sorted straight away.

Looking after dentures

Common sense approaches are always advised with regards taking care of dentures. You should always brush them regularly and thoroughly, and rinse them well to make sure that they are healthy and clean. It is also imperative that that you soak the dentures overnight on a frequent basis in appropriate solution – again this ensures that they are cleaned as well as they can be, which will ultimately prolong their life.