Adding a Tooth to a Broken Denture

Denture Adjustments Lincroft, NJ

Denture wearers know how important dentures are to their quality of life. Not only do dentures help you eat and speak normally, but they improve your appearance as well. That said, when your dentures break or chip, you may feel a surge of panic, but you do not have to. With access to so many state-of-the-art dental resources and materials available, most types of denture damage can be repaired in no time at all, including broken denture teeth.

What to do when a denture tooth breaks

One of the first things denture wearers should remember when a tooth breaks is not to reach for the super glue or other water-soluble glues. Additionally, many commercial types of glue or glues included in over-the-counter repair kits will fail to offer long-term repairs of broken teeth. These glues are simply not designed to hold up as well as materials used in a professional repair in a dental lab. Commercial glues can also make it more difficult and costly for professionals to repair the dentures.

Next, wearers should gather up any broken pieces and store them in a container to transport the broken tooth to a general dentist. Once the broken tooth and any other pieces are gathered up, wearers should contact a dentist before showing up to the dentist’s office. Dentists are more likely to be prepared to handle repairs of broken teeth if they know what to expect.

If a wearer cannot locate the broken tooth, the denture will be more expensive to repair. It can still be done, though. If a repair requires a new tooth, the wearer will meet with a dentist or prosthodontist for measurements. From there, the new tooth will have to be shaped and color-matched to the existing teeth in the denture. This takes time and would mean a wearer would not have the benefit of a same-day repair.

A note about repair kits

There is a time and place for over-the-counter repair kits. However, for the most part they should be avoided because it is tricky to get a perfect fit. The broken tooth has to be able to fit perfectly back into the denture base for a repair kit to be effective. If it is not, irritation along the lips, tongue or gums may develop. Even if a wearer manages to perfectly fit the broken tooth back into place, it is important to remember the repair is temporary. Long-term repairs require the work of skilled dentists and prosthodontists.

Fix broken dentures with ease

Whether you broke your denture tooth chewing on sticky popcorn or dropped your dentures in the sink, there are several repair options available. As long as you notify a dentist of the damage and gather all broken pieces, most types of damage can be repaired quickly and easily. If you need help adding a tooth to a broken denture, contact your general dentist today.

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