Do It Yourself: Fixing a Broken Denture
DIY solutions are in fashion these days! However, dentures are one case of DIY fixes that are heavily debated. Is it better to fix your dentures yourself, or to have the dentist fix them? Fixing a broken denture seems simple, and sometimes it can be. But it’ll depend on the severity of the break, the type of dentures, and how long you expect the fix to last.
When your dentures break, you want them fixed as soon as possible. It’s easy to take them for granted, but when they’re gone, it can be incredibly debilitating. Rest assured that Northstar Dental understands this. While it can be worthwhile to fix your dentures yourself, there’s also the risk of damaging them too much and needing them replaced altogether. If you’re concerned that you might not know how to fix them yourself, call our office and we’ll have them fixed as quickly as possible.
Dentures always seem to break at the worst time possible. Right before your son’s wedding, your big anniversary or before going out to grab a bite to eat. Sometimes you may have something wrong with your denture and you’ll try to fix it yourself; then accidentally break it more. The truth is, you could get away with fixing it yourself, but further down the road you may experience the problem at the same spot again. Here we’ll talk about whether or not fixing a broken denture at home is a good idea.
Things to Consider Before Fixing Dentures
Obviously, you encounter risks with any DIY project. Building a table can result in splinters, hurt thumbs, or even a broken table. You could say the same of dentures – well, probably not splinters, but you get the idea. When thinking about fixing your dentures yourself, it’s important to at least consider the risks. If you aren’t careful, you can introduce some seriously damaging elements into your mouth. Certain glues can have harmful chemicals or won’t even stick together for long. Further, it’s entirely possible to damage your dentures even more.
When you’re thinking about fixing your dentures, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons out first. While we don’t necessarily want to discourage you from trying to fix your dentures at home, a little extra research and thought will go a long way in balancing your needs with the long-term use of your dentures.
Is fixing a broken denture at home a good or a bad idea?
In many cases, a denture will suffer from a small break. In these cases, you can sometimes put the pieces back together on your own. However, it’s important to have these kinds of fixes re-evaluated by your dentist. It’s important for you to think of your dental repairs in two different categories: short-term fixes and long-term fixes. These short-term fixes aren’t a bad thing, and we actually encourage them! They can be good for keeping your dentures together for a short period of time. However, they almost always lead to breaks in the future, so that’s why we call them short-term fixes.
Unless you’re an engineer, DIY fixes for your dentures may not necessarily be long-term. And that’s okay! But it’s important to keep a level head and be aware of the short-term nature of these kinds of solutions.
Sometimes you can repair your broken dentures at home, but it’s essential to know when to leave it to us. Denture fitting is another reason why we prefer to be the ones fixing a broken denture. When your denture breaks, it’s no longer a perfect fit to your mouth. So, when you fix it with glue or whatever you use as the solution, it still won’t be the perfect fit it used to be. Having an improper fit could lead to irritation, on going discomfort, and active denture shifting. Having an off-fitted denture will lead to an incorrect bit. This could lead to more future damages to the broken denture and your mouth. Luckily, we have the professional tools and training at our offices to fully restore your broken dentures.
Tips on Performing Temporary Denture Repairs at Home
Some days your denture will break when you don’t have time to get them into our office. We’ve seen it happen many times before. What are you supposed to do in those cases? These kinds of circumstances are the perfect warrant for short-term fixes. So when this happens to you, how can you fix them until you can bring them into the office?
Store-Bought Denture Repair Kits
If you have the chance to go to the store, you should use that time to give us a call too! However, you can find denture repair kits at almost any grocery or drug store. These kits will come with a few of the tools and solutions you need to keep your denture together temporarily. But it’s important to note: these kits market themselves as more permanent solutions. The only permanent solution is to have a dental professional fix them. This will ensure that they fit comfortably, don’t irritate your mouth, and that they won’t harm your jaw.
In a real emergency, super glue is actually quite an effective temporary solution for fixing a broken denture. It can safely hold your dentures together for days. When you apply the glue to your dentures, be sure to let it dry thoroughly before wearing the dentures again. If you don’t, it can result in some serious problems inside your mouth.
At Northstar Dental, we offer denture repair services with a quick turn around. Feel free to give us a call to find out more details about denture repair. We will be more than happy to let you know what we can do for your dentures. We can provide educational tips aimed specifically at your dental situation that could better your overall health.
If you do need to have your dentures fixed, give us a call today at 402-742-0000.
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