Emergency! My Prosthesis Is Broken!
One of the most serious complications associated with full dentures is prosthesis fracture. It is more common in the upper denture, but also occurs in the lower denture.
Common Causes of Broken Dentures
There are several reasons for denture breakage. One of the most common causes of denture breakage involves wear and tear over time. After years of use, the denture has been subjected to many cycles of stress, such as chewing and daily use. In addition, the temperature changes found in hot and cold foods and beverages, as well as certain types of acidic foods and even moisture in your mouth, can corrode the denture.
Bone loss that progresses over time can also reduce the jaw. If your denture doesn’t fit properly, it can move around in the mouth, and this lack of stability can cause stress and pressure points that can cause your denture to crack or break.
Finally, another very common cause of broken dentures is accidental or accidental breakage. Dentures must be removed at night and may even fall off accidentally during daily activities. By removing your dentures from your mouth each time there is a risk of accidentally dropping or misplacing your denture, which can result in breakage.
What should you do if your denture is broken?
If your denture is broken, we recommend that you contact us to request a denture repair appointment to have a look at your denture. Proper repair of a prosthesis requires specialist knowledge and skill as well as materials. If you try to temporarily repair your denture at home, there is a possibility that we will not be able to repair the denture. Living without your denture can be very difficult.
Options for a broken prosthesis
Depending on the type of fracture and the cause of the fracture, it may affect whether the prosthesis can be repaired. Sometimes we can fix your denture in the same office visit. In other cases, we may need to send it back to the dental laboratory. In this case, your dentist will discuss the options with you and how long it will take while your dentures are in the lab.
If your dentures are not properly fitted, your dentist may recommend reinstalling the denture, or if they are old and worn, they may recommend creating a new, better-fitting denture.
Bone loss is common in people with prosthetics and may increase over time. Upper denture dental implants are a great option for slowing or even preventing bone loss while securing your denture to the implants.
These bespoke dentures fit more tightly and give you more confidence during daily activities such as eating, drinking and talking.
If you have a broken denture or have questions about denture repair, replacement, or to learn more about dentures, contact us at any time for a free consultation. We are happy to assist!