Just as household appliances need repair after years of constant use, so do dentures. When we were fitted for our dentures, they were new and strong, but now that time has passed, we may have started to notice that they need some maintenance. At World of Dentistry in Brooklyn, we understand dentures and the mouths that wear them. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help you know what to do if your dentures need repair.
According to Colgate, in conjunction with Hawler Medical University, the most common reason a set of dentures may crack or break is poor fit. If the upper and lower dentures do not align correctly, the stress of biting down may affect one area of the denture more than another, causing microfractures to occur. Eventually, these microfractures can lead to a serious break. Poor fit can also be due to the gums and bone under the denture shrinking and changing shape over time. These changes are normal, but they can eventually affect the integrity of your dentures over time,
As dentures age, they may become worn down or thin. This makes them more vulnerable to cracking if dropped. If the metal clasps of a partial denture become damaged, they should not be put back in the mouth until repaired.
If you notice that your dentures just aren’t fitting the way they used to, make an appointment with Dr. Khaytin at World of Dentistry. If we’re able to catch the problem early, more acrylic resin can easily be added back to improve the fit and life of your appliance. This is called relining or basing the denture, and it can be done right in the dentist’s office. If the issue is more complex, the denture will need to be sent to an outside laboratory for repair.
If you live near Brooklyn and think your dentures might need repair, or if you have any other concern about your oral health, please don’t hesitate to call us at World of Dentistry. We’re always at the ready to help you achieve your best smile.