Anyone who’s dropped their dentures onto the floor or into the sink has felt their heart skip a beat as it slipped out of their hands. Dental appliances are a significant investment of money and damaging them can be a pricey affair. Luckily, for most minor to mild types of damage, denture repair can be completed in short time with a repair kit until you can get an appointment with your dentist.
The most common types of damage are chipping and cracking. These are obvious signs of damage that will reveal the fact that you have false teeth rather quickly. Damage to the pink base can also cause tissue damage to your soft gums and surrounding oral tissue. That’s why you should always care for and handle them over a towel or sink full of water.
You will be most experienced with the kinds of damage that your denture is likely to receive. You can repair any sort of crack or chip. You will ensure that the form and function has not been significantly altered by the damage and ensuing repair.
The do-it-yourself repair kit are available in most drug stores and the internet. Self-repair can be a much cheaper solution. Most kits use a resin that is up to the standards of medical-grade material. The color is usually different than the source material, and a poor repair job can cause tissue damage if improperly applied.
Keep any broken pieces of your dentures on hand so you can place them back together. By carefully examining the pieces your denture so you can determine if it is fixable, or if you require an entirely new set.
The repair time can vary depending on the seriousness of the damage. A missing tooth, for instance, is easy to fix and can be replaced the same day. Things like cracks and fractures in areas that contact your gums or mouth tissue will require more extensive re-modeling work that may include impressions of your mouth and off-site repair work.
The condition of your denture will also have an influence on repair time. Older dentures that have been worn a lot may be more suitably replaced rather than repaired.
Using a self-repair will save you time and money until you can see your dentist. WARNING: Emergency denture repair kits are for temporary use only until a dentist can be seen. See your dentist without delay when in need of denture repair.