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Can Dentures Be Repaired? Everything You Need To Know

Dentures are a popular and effective solution for individuals who have lost any of their natural teeth. These removable appliances provide wearers with the ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. However, like any dental prosthetic, dentures may require repair due to wear or accidental damage. We will explore the possibilities of denture repairs and the options available to restore your dentures back to their original standard. 

How are Dentures made?

Before discussing repairs, it’s vital to understand how dentures are actually constructed. Dentures are composed of artificial teeth set into either an acrylic or metal base that is custom fitted to your mouth. These appliances are designed to be durable and long-lasting, but over time, they can experience wear or sometimes become damaged.

Common Denture Repairs

Broken or Cracked Denture Base

Accidents or mishandling can cause fractures or breaks in the denture plate. This can be uncomfortable and impact the denture’s ability to function properly. In most cases, a denture repair professional can mend the fractured or broken base by using specialised techniques and materials to restore its integrity.

Cracked or Chipped Denture Teeth

The artificial teeth on dentures may become cracked or chipped, this may be due to biting into hard foods or accidental impact. Depending on the severity and location of the damage, denture teeth can usually be repaired or replaced individually to restore the appearance and function of the denture. However, in severe instances, new dentures may be required.

Loose or Dislodged Denture Teeth

If dentures are used regularly, the teeth may become loose or dislodged. This can cause individuals discomfort and difficulty while eating and speaking. A denture technician can assess the situation and either reattach or replace the loose or dislodged teeth to ensure a proper fit and function.

Professional Denture Repair

When facing denture repairs, it is crucial to seek professional assistance from a qualified denture repair specialist, this can either be a dentist or dental technician. These professionals have the expertise, knowledge, and specialised dental tools to assess the damage and perform appropriate repairs with precision. Emergency denture services are also available if needed by a large number of these denture professionals.

During a denture repair, the technician will examine the denture, identify the issue, and determine the appropriate course of action. This may involve repairing the existing denture or, in some cases, creating a new denture if the damage is too severe. Their aim is to restore the denture’s functionality, comfort, and aesthetics as closely as possible to its original condition.

We recommend avoiding DIY denture repairs using over-the-counter glues or adhesives, as these can contain harmful chemicals and can cause additional damage to the denture. Self-repairs may also compromise the fit and function of the denture, leading to discomfort and potential oral health issues.

How to Prevent Denture Damage

While dentures are designed to be lasting, it is important to take proper care to prevent unnecessary damage. Here are a few tips to maintain the longevity of your dentures:

  • Handle dentures carefully to avoid dropping them or accidentally applying excessive force.
  • Clean dentures regularly as advised by your dentist to remove food debris and plaque.
  • Soak dentures in a denture cleaning solution or water overnight to keep them moist and prevent warping.
  • Do not store your dentures in a tissue as they can get lost or damaged. 
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-up appointments to ensure that your dentures are in good condition and make any necessary adjustments.

If your dentures need to be repaired, it is important to speak to a professional so they can assess the damage and recommend an appropriate solution. Denture repairs are often possible and can usually restore the denture to its original form. We recommend prioritising proper care and maintenance as this will prevent unnecessary damage and increase the lifespan of your dentures. With help from a dental professional, you can enjoy the benefits of your denture, allowing you to smile, eat and speak confidently. 

Medically Reviewed by:

Dip CDT RCS (Eng) Clinical Dental Technician
Determined to remain at the cutting edge of modern Dental Technology, David recently completed an intense training course in producing dentures that genuinely recreate the natural facial structures which are lost during the ageing process through tooth loss and gum regression. He, and his many patients, are overjoyed with the natural appearance and facial proportions which this new methodology offers.