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Emergency Dentures 

Dentures are known to be prone to the odd crack or damage and because of this it is only right that you understand about emergency dentures, as these temporary denture forms may be able to help you out in an unexpected situation.

Dentures can be damaged, fractured or broken relatively easily – whether this is by accident, or by wear and tear, and it is in your own interest to know what to do to alleviate such a situation.

If you are a denture wearer you will be aware that if dentures fail it can be a nightmare to perform even the smallest of tasks – such as eating and drinking, and even talking. It can also affect your self confidence and may be embarrassing when out in public if your dentures just simply break or drop out and you have to continue trying to talk without them.

Even though you may not think broken dentures require emergency assistance, however, it is vital that you sort the situation sooner rather than later as the longer a person goes without teeth or a tooth restoration back-up, the higher the risk of bone shrinkage and problems with the gums.

With this in mind, emergency dentures may prove the best option. They are ideal for temporary wear and can be worn whilst the original dentures are repaired or new ones are made. 

The process of repairing broken dentures

At Pearl Dental Clinic we are able to offer denture repair and replacement as part of our professional service, which means should you have the misfortune of breaking a denture, we have the tools to help.

Emergency dentures can also be offered if you are going to be without your originals for the time-being. These will be ideal as put-ons until the situation is resolved.

With regards to the process of repair or whether the denture can, in fact, be repaired, it all comes down to the kind of damage that the denture has sustained.

If your denture has broken into a couple of pieces but you have kept the bits and are able to take them to the practice with you, it may be possible to mould the denture back together. If this proves to be the case you will more than likely be back on your way the very same day.

Repair chances will, however, be very slim, if not non-existent, if parts of the denture are missing. In that case it will almost certainly not be possible to make any repairs and new ones will be the only option. In this instance, emergency dentures will be recommended to put you on.

As soon as you realise your dentures are broken, you should not try to carry on without them. You should try to see your dentist as soon as you can.

So what happens when you arrive at the dentist?

Your dentist will examine your dentures, as well as areas around your mouth, and then a dental mould or impression will be made of the mouth so that temporary dentures can be sorted. The moulding of emergency replacements will take only a day; so you should not be waiting long at all.

DIY denture repair

Even though there are dental kits available that are full of great equipment and can help in many dental emergencies, it is not recommended that you try to repair your dentures with one of them. The reason for this is that it is only a short term solution and you may be doing more harm than good as you will not be able to spot the signs of underlying problems in the way that a dentist can. For instance, tooth decay or gum disease may be present, which will need sorting as soon as possible, and you may not even notice this. However, if you took yourself off to the dental practice straight away they would not only set about trying to repair the dentures, they would also check out your oral health and look for anything out of the ordinary.

You should never fix the dentures yourself and try to carry on without seeking the help and advice of a dentist. By all means do all you can to hold the pieces of the broken denture together until you get to the dentist, but never bypass an appointment and assume everything will be okay, because it won’t. Also be aware that wearing dentures that have been DIY restored may irritate the gums and may cause some oral trauma.

You should also know that the denture bonding material which tends to come with these kits is not the same quality as the ones used by professional dentists, so again the longevity of the denture is being put in jeopardy.

Why do dentures break?

Dentures break for a number of reasons.

The most common reason for their susceptibility to damage is their composition. Although dentures are relatively hard-wearing, the materials from which they are constructed can deteriorate over a period of time, so they are still vulnerable.

Typically, dentures are made from acrylic, metal or resin, and these materials will start to lose their structure and solidity as time goes on. If you have worn dentures for longer than eight years, it is recommended that you change them, as materials such as these, it damp conditions, will become weaker, resulting in a higher possibility of cracks and damage.

Dentures can also be damaged if they are dropped or hit a hard surface, and wearing dentures that are not a snug fit will also make them weaker.

How can I look after my dentures?

Attending regular check-ups will always stand you in good stead when it comes to your dentures lasting longer. Frequent appointments will enable your dentist to check your dentures to ensure they are performing as they should. Any other teeth will also be examined for evidence of decay or infection and your overall oral health will be scrutinised.

Brushing and flossing regularly is also highly recommended as this will get rid of debris and other food stuff that can get lodged between teeth; and deep cleaning of the dentures themselves are also high on the ‘must-do’ list. Dentures should be removed for cleaning, as this will enable you to get right into them and make sure that every little particle is removed. You should do this over a bowl of water or a sink full of water so that if you accidentally drop them, they won’t get damaged or dinted as a result of hitting a hard surface.