Dentures are a major investment for most people. Aside from the psychological cost of having natural teeth removed and replaced with false teeth, they are an expensive investment in your oral health and appearance; one that you don’t want to have to repeat anytime soon. That’s why it’s so important to understand your options when it comes to repair as an alternative to replacement if you ever need denture or teeth repair.
Labs Can Fix Dentures in Many Ways
Dentures break in many different ways. They are very fragile and the most common method of breakage is simply dropping them. It’s also very common for pets to get ahold of dental appliances and chew on them. You may look at your damaged dentures and assume there is no way they can ever be repaired, and you may be correct if you’re only thinking of do-it-yourself remedies. But you’d be surprised how well a denture repair lab can fix a tooth or fix dentures so they look and function as good as new.
Even dentures that have been broken in half or shattered into several pieces can be reconstructed to perform as needed. It’s helpful to have all of the original pieces to work with, but not necessary. Multiple fractures can be reinforced with heavy-duty metal wire, which will hold them together and provide extra protection against future breaks. Plates that have broken in half can be fitted back together and refurbished to the point that you’d be hard pressed to find the original break afterwards.
Teeth repair is one of the simplest ways to fix dentures, especially if you were able to save the tooth. A repair technician simply puts it back in place and adheres it with dental-grade acrylic. They can even fix a tooth that has been completely lost by following your original order or creating a mold and fitting the new tooth into the open space.
Another common order that denture labs receive is to remove the remnants of do-it-yourself repair kits or homemade remedies such as superglue and fix the underlying problem. These materials can cause significant damage to your dentures and should never be used as a long-term solution to a problem.
When it comes to an investment as large as dentures, you want to make sure you look at all of your options: professional repair, home fixes or do-it-yourself repair kits, complete or partial replacements or make do. Definitely speak with your denture provider and discuss your options. If you are unsure about the recommendation you receive, seek a second opinion. Many dentists, denturists and denture repair labs will be happy to examine your broken appliance and provide solutions. Repairing broken dental appliances is quite common and can save you time and money over simply scrapping the broken pair and purchasing a new set.
Don’t let a scary-looking break send you into a panic. Work with dental professionals to find the solution that works best for you.