July 9, 2024 by kevin.i@oa.agency 0 Comments

4 Effective Types of Denture Repairs

4 Effective Types of Denture Repairs

4 Effective Types of Denture Repairs

Dentures are a popular choice for patients who have lost some or all of their natural teeth. With advancements in denture technology improving their appearance and comfort, they now offer longer durability. However, proper maintenance is crucial to ensure they remain functional over time. Occasionally, dentures may require repairs due to damage or wear, and choosing the appropriate repair type is essential for their longevity.

Importance of Proper Denture Care

Maintaining dentures is not only important for their longevity and aesthetic appeal, but also for overall oral health. Neglecting denture care can lead to plaque buildup, resulting in issues like bad breath, gum disease, and potential tooth loss. On the other hand, well-maintained dentures offer comfort and reduce the likelihood of future complications. Research indicates that a significant portion of denture wearers – nearly 60% – fail to properly care for their dentures, and many delay necessary repairs when issues arise.

Types of Denture Repairs

Denture Replacement
Denture replacement involves crafting a completely new set of dentures to replace worn-out or irreparably damaged ones. This is necessary when existing dentures no longer fit properly due to changes in the mouth’s structure or severe damage.

Denture Reline
Denture relines entail adding new base material to the interior of existing dentures to improve their fit. This procedure becomes necessary as gum tissues and bones naturally shrink over time, causing dentures to become loose. There are two types of relines, soft and hard, each used depending on the different needs of the patient, based on durability and comfort.

Denture Rebase
Denture rebase involves replacing the entire acrylic base of the denture while retaining the existing teeth. This procedure is used often when the denture base becomes cracked, discoloured, or excessively worn, but the teeth remain in good condition.

Denture Adjustments
Denture adjustments are minor modifications made by a dentist or dental prosthetist to enhance the fit, comfort, and functionality of dentures. They are typically necessary to address issues like sore spots, pressure points, or minor discomfort during chewing and speaking.

Preventative Measures for Denture Care

To maintain the longevity and effectiveness of your dentures, it is crucial to follow proper care guidelines:

Daily Brushing: Clean dentures daily using a soft toothbrush and avoid abrasive cleaners or toothpaste.

Rinsing After Brushing: Rinse dentures thoroughly with warm water after brushing to remove any further debris.

Overnight Soaking: Soak dentures overnight in water or a designated cleaning solution to maintain shape and cleanliness.

Handle Appropriately: Handle dentures carefully to prevent damage from dropping or mishandling.

Regular Check-ups: Visit your dentist or dental prosthetist every six months for check-ups to assess denture fit and address any needed adjustments or replacements. It is also important to have your natural teeth checked. 

Maintain General Oral Health: Keep gums and mouth healthy to support denture fit and comfort.

Signs You Need Denture Repair

If you observe cracks, fractures, changes in fit, persistent discomfort, or other signs of wear and tear, it may be time for denture repair. Prompt attention to these issues can prevent further damage and discomfort.

Timeframe and Process for Denture Replacement

The process of replacing dentures typically involves a free initial consultation, impressions, multiple fitting appointments, and adjustments to ensure proper fit and comfort. Depending on individual needs and complexity, the replacement process can be quite speedy and often we can turn this around within the same day.

Dealing with Discomfort from New Dentures

If new dentures cause discomfort or pain, contact your dentist for adjustments. Avoid wearing them if they cause significant discomfort and follow aftercare instructions provided by your dental prosthetist.

Denture Repair Procedure

When seeking denture repair, schedule an appointment with us for a thorough examination. Depending on the issue, repairs may be completed on the same day or require more detailed work. Follow-up appointments ensure the repair resolves any issues and maintains comfort and functionality.

Addressing Denture Issues

To address denture issues, contact our clinic to schedule an appointment. During the visit, our dental prosthetist will assess the condition of your dentures and recommend appropriate treatment options, including repairs, relines, or adjustments.

Proper maintenance and timely repair of dentures are essential for maintaining comfort, functionality, and oral health. By following care guidelines and promptly addressing issues through consultations with us, you can ensure your dentures serve them well over time. This proactive approach not only enhances comfort but also minimises the need for extensive repairs, ensuring long-term satisfaction with dental prosthetics.

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