Individuals who have faced the loss of one or more teeth have no doubt investigated their options. Quite often dentures represent the appropriate response for many of these individuals. But what do you do if you drop it or bite into something hard? A broken or chipped denture … must you replace?
Thankfully, for most repairs a visit to your dentist will resolve your problem. When your dental provider has an in-house laboratory, repairing or replacing is readily available.
When should you try to fix it yourself? Never is the most appropriate response. If a denture is chipped or damaged, you may be tempted to make repairs on your own. In an emergency, there are kits available to help. However, this type of repair is usually temporary, and likely won’t look like your original denture.
Contacting your dentist is usually your best option. Same day repairs are available especially when your dental provider has their own in-house laboratory. This is a benefit unique to your specific dentist. If the repair can’t be done while you wait, it will most certainly be completed in a timely manner, returning your denture as soon as possible.
Unfortunately dental mishaps don’t always occur when you have access to your dentist … business trips, vacations, or when you’re home due to illness … if you chip your denture you may choose to wait until you can get into your dentist’s office to have it repaired.
However, if you can’t or don’t wish to wait, the city you’re in probably has a dentist who offers emergency coverage. Chances are if you get to their office early enough in the day, your denture can be sent to their local lab for same day service.
Special care for your removable denture will help to avoid accidents. Store overnight in an approved denture soak, never boil or microwave, and when cleaning use the appropriate paste and brush. Making your own adjustments or repairs can damage your denture impacting fit and longevity.
Brush your biological teeth prior to putting your denture in. Make sure to brush the gums the denture rests against to help keep the gum tissue it’s healthiest.
See your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam to maintain your smile and to monitor your denture for optimum dental health. For more information and to schedule your visit, contact East Hills Dental Associates at 516-484-6600.