For patients with dentures, having a fully functional, comfortable denture set is crucial. However, dentures do require upkeep and repair over the lifetime of the dentures. Whether the alignment of the dentures has been adjusted by trauma, a crack or break has occurred, or a tooth has become dislodged you should see your dentist for emergency denture repair services.
When to Contact Your Dentist for Emergency Dental Repairs
Contacting your dentist when you notice that your dentures are loose, you aren’t able to chew as normal or your dentures are causing discomfort is important. There are a variety of causes that may be contributing to issues with your dentures and it is best to consult with your dentist vs. trying to fix the problem on your own. Your dentist can also help you determine when a problem with your dentures can be easily fixed or when it might be necessary to replace your dentures.
Three of the most common emergency denture repairs include:
1. Denture Reline
A denture reline requires that the surface of the dentures that comes in direct contact with the soft oral tissues of the mouth be resurfaced. This repair procedure helps to fill any gaps that may have been created over time between your dentures and the tissues in your mouth – the shape of your mouth, including the bone structure and gum tissues do change over time. A denture reline repair can help tighten the grip between your dentures and your oral tissues so that you can more confidently bite, chew, talk and smile.
2. Denture Rebase
A denture rebase procedure is similar to a denture reline but also involves replacing the hard pink resin portion of the dentures, not just the surface that comes in contact with your oral tissues. This repair is often necessary when denture teeth become loose or a crack compromises the strength of the dentures. The only portion of the dentures that is not replaced during an emergency denture rebase are the teeth.
3. Sore Spots
As your mouth changes shape over time and your denture alignment is altered you may experience sore spots on the soft tissues of your mouth. Adjustments to the dentures can be made to help reduce rubbing and often involves using a softer, more pliable material, such as wax or rubber, on the surface of the dentures that is in contact with the soft tissues. Such updates are not that much different than a denture reline, but require more frequent maintenance and repair due to the softer material.
The Denture Repair Process
When denture repair is required, your dentist will take a new impression of your mouth so that your existing dentures can be updated to match the updated shape of your mouth. Most often, your dentures will then be sent to a specialized lab for repair. In some cases, the repaired dentures can be returned to you the same day or next day. Following your emergency denture repair services, make sure that you continue to take proper care of your dentures by regularly cleaning and deodorizing them.
By contacting your dentist when you first notice any pain, discomfort, breakage or chips in your dentures you can help prolong the life of your existing dentures, avoid further complications and ensure that you dentures fit and function as they should.