Common Causes of Denture Damage
You’ll likely be using your dentures every day and they’re put under a lot of stress. Breakages and fractures aren’t totally unusual, and you may need to get your dentures repaired at some point.
In this article, we’ll examine some of the most common causes of denture damage and give you a few tips for keeping them in good shape.
Improperly Fitted Dentures
In a study completed by the Hawier Medical University, they found that 40% of all denture fractures are due to improper or poorly fitted dentures. Poorly fitted dentures can lead to uneven wear and tear, causing small cracks to appear.
If left untreated, these cracks may eventually turn into larger fractures.
More often than not, it’s the shape of your mouth that changes rather than the dentures themselves. Tooth loss changes the structure of your jaw, and over time you may lose bone mass.
You’ll likely need to get your dentures refitted at some point in their lifetime. If you notice any sore spots or looseness, come in to get your fit reassessed.
Dropping & Accidental Damage
Of course, accidents can happen. You’ll need to take your dentures out at night, and may drop them a few times. If they’re loose, dentures are prone to falling out of your mouth as well.
Your dentures are strong, and hopefully, these incidents don’t cause any major damage. However, a rough landing or a bit of bad luck may cause broken teeth or a fractured base.
Handle your dentures with care every time you take them out. If you’re cleaning them, consider doing it over a soft surface like a towel or cloth.
If your dentures have been damaged by an accident, it’s important that you visit us as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting worse or hurting the inside of your mouth.
General Wear & Tear
Your dentures undergo a lot of stress over time. The force of chewing, temperature changes from hot and cold foods, acidic foods, and the moisture in your mouth all contribute to wear and tear on your dentures.
Even if you take great care of your dentures, you may find that they will need repair after years of use.
What To Do If Your Denture Breaks
Depending on the type and extent of damage, you dentures may be able to be repaired. If you find yourself with a broken denture or feel like your dentures need to be refitted, your best option is to come to see our denture specialists.
We can assess the problem and find a solution that works best for your needs. Many denture repairs can be completed quickly so you can get back to 100% as soon as possible.
Do you have a broken denture? Give us a call today to learn more about your options.