A regular visit to the family dentist may reveal that a patient has a chipped or cracked tooth. A patient generally knows if a tooth is fragmented due to its appearance. A tooth can become damaged from improper biting, cavities, poor hygiene, teeth grinding, and trauma. A cracked tooth is often harder to notice because…
Why Denture Repair is Important for Your Oral Health
Broken dentures can affect a person's oral health as well as appearance, making denture repair crucial. When dentures develop chips, cracks or broken wires, this damage can alter both how they look and how they function. The appliance may no longer fit correctly, and food particles may work their way into chips or cracks and make oral health problems worse.
Dentists and technicians who repair dentures strive to improve patients’ appearance and their oral health. While dentists can accomplish some minor denture repairs in their offices, other repairs require dentists to take oral impressions to send along with the damaged dentures to a repair lab. Dentists take these steps to ensure repairs have positive outcomes for patients.
Denture repair benefits patients in several ways
Patients who visit the dentist as soon as they notice a problem with their dentures can enjoy good fit and function again sooner and may prevent bigger problems.
Fixing minor damage can avoid more major issues
A hairline crack or a single loose piece on a denture may appear minor, but if a patient ignores the problem it can lead to further damage as well as greater wear and tear and poorer fit. Patients who bring dentures in for repair as soon as they notice a problem are likely to experience shorter repair time. This means doing without dentures for a shorter amount of time.
Damage often results in poor denture fit
A damaged denture may not fit as well in the patient’s mouth, causing discomfort and potential injury to surrounding teeth and gums. Getting dentures repaired may result in temporary inconvenience, but it can prevent problems that could require more extensive treatment.
Do-it-yourself repairs may make matters worse
While denture repair kits are available to the general public, the kits can result in “repairs” that further alter fit, increasing discomfort and possibly causing additional problems. Many dentists can fix small problems with dentures in their office without having to make dental impressions or send the piece to a lab. The investment of time and money in these cases is typically small, and the results help ensure good long-term oral health.
Professional denture repair relieves pain
Professional denture repair ensures a correct, pain-free fit. When patients try to wear broken or poorly fitting dentures, they may experience gum pain, mouth sores and even digestive problems due to inadequate chewing. Professional denture repair prevents these problems as well as issues like misalignment of remaining teeth or inflammation of the gums.
When dentures fit properly and remain in good repair, they should not hurt. They enable better chewing and greater confidence. It is not easy to smile when dentures hurt or cause problems with speech, chewing or digestion.
Professional denture repair is necessary for optimal oral health. The sooner a dentist can repair a damaged denture, the sooner the patient will enjoy better oral health and a more confident smile.
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