What are denture repairs?

A denture repair, as the name implies, is the procedure undertaken to repair your denture. Denture repairs include fixing chipped or fractured dentures, broken dentures, lost teeth, broken clasps, needing extra teeth added, a denture reline or rebase. Basically anything that needs to be done after your denture is issued to improve its aesthetics and fit.

We will need to assess the kind of damage your dentures have, then determine whether it is fixable or not and what can be done.

Once your dentist determines that your dentures can be repaired, they may have to take some impressions or just communicate with the lab depending on the situation. In order for your dentist to repair your dentures in the easiest possible way, follow the points below:

  • Keep all (I mean, ALL) the pieces of the dentures and bring them to your dentist.
  • Don’t use super glue or any other adhesive at home. These types of glue are very harsh and can do more damage to your dentures.
  • Do not try to repair your dentures by yourself. This may make fixing them more difficult, uncomfortable to wear, or worse, may render them irreparable. DIY dentistry is not a good thing, there are many specialist tools we use and training we have undergone to be able to look after you.

Why do dentures get broken?

Dentures can need repairing for various reasons. It may be because of an accident (dropping the dentures is very common), trauma to the mouth, poor hygiene, grinding habits, a difficult or heavy bite, biting down on hard foods, or simply due to routine wear and tear. It is also important to understand that our mouth changes shape over time and this may cause your dentures to become loose. This unfortunately is just part of the aging process.

As soon as anything happens come on in. We have labs based in Maroubra who appreciate you don’t want to be without them for any longer than absolutely necessary, so if you call up and come in first thing in the morning, we can often get them back to you by the end of the day. If you have loose dentures, applying denture fixatives can help keep your dentures temporarily in place while waiting for your dental appointment. As I have said, we will somehow squeeze you into the day if it’s urgent.

It is also important to understand that our mouth changes shape over time and this may cause your dentures to become loose.

What denture repairs can be done?

As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of different methods that may be needed to repair your dentures, e.g:

  • Adding teeth
  • Replacing teeth
  • Fixing broken denture bases
  • Applying new metal clasps
  • Relining the denture
  • Rebasing the denture
  • Reinforcing the denture

What is denture relining?

denture-repairsDenture relining is a procedure to replace the underside of the denture that is no longer fitting nice and flush against your gums. An impression of your mouth will be needed. This is necessary if your gums have shrunk following an extraction or simply over years of wear and the denture is now ill-fitting.

If your dentist determines that relining is best for your case, he will discuss the various options. We have soft relining, hard relining, temporary relining or tissue conditioning available depending on what is most appropriate for your situation.

Soft relining means having to use softer materials to prevent soreness in your gums. this may be necessary due to pain on the ridges and an inability to wear normal dentures without pain. These materials are pretty durable though they do not last as long as hard reline materials and require more careful cleaning.

On the other hand, hard relining generally means adding or modifying with the same material as the base of your dentures. A new impression is taken for the lab to see where the denture is not fitting anymore then the acrylic is added to nicely fit the contours of your gums as they are now, not as they were previously. The result is better fitting, less damage, more grip and stability. As with anything denture related, an adjustment or two may be necessary.

Lastly, temporary relining means having to use a material that would help your gums heal from your ill-fitting dentures,say if you have ulceration, have had teeth removed or have had an immediate denture before you are ready for a more permanent reline. They tend to last only a few weeks/months.

What is denture rebasing?

Denture rebasing is much like a hard reline, except that instead of taking out a small part of the dentures’ material, the whole base is replaced with a new one. The false teeth, however, remains the same,  and as such, it is done when everything else to do with the denture is OK: the bite, the wear on the teeth, the aesthetics and only the fitting surface needs modifying.

How long will it take to repair my dentures?

The length of time to repair your dentures depends on the kind and extent of damage your denture has. Some damage only takes a couple of hours to fix, while other may entail a couple of days or so. As I have mentioned we will do our best to have these back to you asap. There are cases where your dentures can’t be repaired at all, and getting new ones would be a better option.