Did you know that around 40 million Americans are missing all of their natural teeth and many of them turn to dentures to replace their teeth? What happens when your denture breaks? Is this truly a dental emergency? While broken dentures are not life-threatening, it can be hard to speak or chew without them.
There are several ways that your dentures can break, including:
Bone loss - may not cause dentures to break, but will cause them to fit improperly
If your dentures get broken, you should immediately make an appointment with the dentist so that they can resolve the issue quickly. You may find denture repair kits at your local pharmacy, but they are typically not the best option. You may end up causing more damage by trying to fix them yourself. It's best to see the dentist.
The dentist will be able to offer a few solutions based on how broken your dentures are, such as:
Reline: if your dentures just don't fit properly, they can be reshaped to create a more comfortable fit
Replacement: if dentures are old/worn, it will probably be best to replace them with a new set that fits and functions properly
Implants: if you fit the candidate profile, it may be a good idea to consider implant-retained dentures for increased stability and comfort and to prevent bone loss in the future.
If your dentures are broken, make an emergency appointment so that you can get back to normal life quickly.
If you are in or near Basking Ridge, New Jersey, contact Dr. Konstantine Trichas for your dental emergencies. Our normal office hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 AM to 7 PM, Wednesday and Thursday 7 AM to 3 PM, and Friday 8 AM to 1 PM. However, we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time, so we do have an emergency contact schedule for our patients so that we can treat your dental issues immediately. Call us at (732) 503-8914 to receive dental care as soon as possible to replace your broken dentures.