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If you damage your dentures, it’s likely going to be at an inopportune time, and you won’t want to deal with the pain and discomfort.

While you will want to get in to see your dentist right away, it is empowering to know what to do should something happen. Read on for common causes of damage, and what your next action should be.

What are the Most Common Causes of Denture Damage?

There are some foods you want to take care when eating or altogether avoid, in order to prevent your dentures from breaking. Of course, even when you are being careful, the normal wear and tear of daily activities can cause damage to your dentures. A common issue is a tooth cracking or breaking, or even falling out. The pink acrylic of the dentures can also break, and pieces can fall out. One of the bigger problems is when the denture cracks or breaks in half, which is known as a prosthesis fracture. Although not every chip or crack is avoidable, proactively caring for your dentures correctly will help extend the life of your dentures.

The Best Ways to Care for Your Dentures to Avoid Damage

Taking care of your dentures properly will help protect them from many types of damage, and extend their longevity. Here are some steps to take:

  • Handle your dentures with care. Dropping them is a surefire way to cause cracking or breaking. Any time you are handling dentures outside your mouth, use the utmost care, putting down a towel or filling a sink with water to cushion them from any accidental drops. Avoid bending the clasps or the plastic.
  • Clean your dentures regularly. Be sure to rinse your dentures after each meal, which helps remove any lodged food particles. Brush them daily, and allow your dentures to soak each night. This daily maintenance prevents buildup from damaging your dentures, just as with natural teeth.

What to Do if You Damage Your Dentures

The very first thing you should do if your dentures break or are otherwise damaged is to call your dentist. An experienced denture repair person can easily assess what is needed to fix your dentures, and many of these repairs can be done while you wait. Depending on the damage, a denture rebase, denture reline, or minor adjustment can quickly and easily extend the life and function of your dentures. In the meantime, gather any pieces that have broken or fallen out, including bits of wire. 

You can use dental wax to provide a temporary barrier for any wires that may be causing discomfort. While there are denture repair kits on the market, avoid using these. These kits usually contain a bonding agent or glues that could be harmful to your health, and trying to repair your dentures yourself can often cause more damage, costing you more money in the long run. Make sure you follow up as soon as possible with your dentist to make the actual repair. 

Call Mark’s Dentures

If you damage your dentures, don’t wait—give Mark’s Dentures a call! Located in Holladay, Utah, our expert denturists can provide the denture repairs you need. With our full on-site lab, we can repair your dentures quickly and professionally while you wait. Call us at 801-277-3601 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.