Dentures are oral appliances that are fabricated to replace the missing teeth and surrounding tissue. There are two types of dentures- full and partial. Dental check-ups and your preferences will determine the best suitable type for you. You will have to wear the dentures and maintain them properly to maintain them in the long run.
Dentures are durable, but this does not make them completely unbreakable. You will have to take care while wearing or handling them to prevent damaging them.
What Can Cause Damage to Dentures?
- Using a regular toothbrush while brushing or cleaning the dentures can damage them. We always advise using a soft bristle toothbrush to clean them to prevent scratches.
- Using toothpaste to clean your dentures damages them. Since dentures are made up of artificial materials, exposure to certain substances in toothpaste can damage the dentures.
- Incorrect way of wearing and removing the dentures. You must practice the ideal way of wearing and taking off your dentures.
- If not handled correctly, they may fall and break. You must always handle the dentures with care and store them properly.
Home Care Tips for Damaged Dentures
- Gather any broken pieces or the wires of the denture and store them securely to take them to the dental office so that they can be restored (if possible).
- Loose clasps can rub against your gums and irritate them. In such cases, you can use dental wax that can be placed on the wire to act as a barrier.
- Damaged dentures must not be worn again. If your dentures are damaged by any means, soak them in water or place them in a secure case to take them to the dental office.
- Never use over-the-counter adhesives for fixing the broken pieces yourself.
- You should not purchase any home repair kit to fix your dentures on your home because it can further damage your dentures.
What to Do About Damaged Dentures?
If your dentures do not fit you well, there is no need to panic because oftentimes, new dentures do not fit properly at once and require a few adjustments before they are worn. You must bring your dentures to our dental office, where we will adjust them so that they fit in your mouth properly. If your dentures are broken or scratched, you must gather the pieces, store them properly and bring them to us so that we can find the best way to fix them.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Pasadena, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Sprott. Please call us at (281) 991-6530 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.