No matter how carefully you care for your dentures, damage can occur occasionally. If your dentures are broken or damaged, let your Seymour, IN, dentist, Dr. Matthew Pierce, know as soon as possible.
What causes denture damage?
Years of chewing eventually weakens your dentures, making them more prone to damage. You may take a bite of a sandwich one day and notice a broken tooth. If your denture slips out of your hands when you're cleaning it, pieces of it can break or chip off.
Dentures are more likely to be damaged if they don't fit well. Ideally, the biting forces generated when you chew are spread evenly over the surface of the entire denture. If your dentures don't fit well, one part of the denture may become stressed. Continual stress can cause the denture to crack or even break in half.
How your dentist can help
During a visit to the Seymour dental office, your dentist will first determine the cause of the damage (if it isn't obvious) and provide repair options. In some cases, he may be able to fill in a small chip or reattach a tooth in the office. It may also be possible to bond small cracks, which will reduce the risk of a break in the future.
If your denture has broken in half, you may need a new denture. Your dentist will make an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new restoration fits comfortably.
You can reduce the risk of denture damage by:
- Visiting Your Dentist for Regular Checkups: During your checkups, your dentist will examine your dentures for signs of damage and check the fit. If your dentures no longer fit well, he may recommend relining, rebasing or replacing them.
- Storing Dentures Properly: Do you ever leave your dentures on a table or nightstand overnight? If the restorations aren't kept moist, they may warp and might not fit as well. Storing your dentures in denture cleanser or water will help you avoid this problem.
- Preventing Damage Due to Dropping the Dentures: Handling your dentures over a soft surface, such as a folded towel, will reduce the risk of damage should you drop them.
Don't let broken dentures ruin your smile. Call your dentist in Seymour, IN, Dr. Pierce, at (812) 522-8608.