How Do Dentists Repair Dentures?

Dentist Blog

If you have broken your dentures, you might find it difficult to see how they could ever be put back together again. However, there are many things that a dental clinic can do to restore dentures to their original condition. Read on to learn about a few of the different types of denture repairs.

1. Denture Relining

Denture relining is one of the most basic types of denture repair. It is also one of the types of repair that denture clinics most frequently carry out. During a denture reline, a dental technician replaces the flexible material that matches the shape of the denture base to the shape of your gums.

If you have noticed that your dentures do not fit as comfortably as they used to, then it is a good idea to schedule a denture reline with your local denture clinic. This quick and simple procedure can transform the way your dentures feel in your mouth.

2. Denture Adjustment

Denture adjustment is a slightly more involved process than denture relining. It is necessary when quite a significant mismatch has developed between the shape of the denture base and the shape of your mouth. This kind of mismatch occurs more frequently than you might think, as it is common for mouths to change shape as people get older.

Wearing dentures that do not fit well can be a miserable experience. Poorly fitting dentures can make it very difficult to eat all your favourite foods, as they move around in your mouth when you try to chew. They can even cause injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth, which can be very painful. For these reasons, you should not put off getting your dentures adjusted if their fit becomes poor.

3. Repair of Broken Dentures

Although it is a relatively rare thing to happen, it is possible for dentures to break completely, separating into at least two separate parts. This kind of denture failure usually happens if you drop the dentures on a hard surface or accidentally sit on them.

If your dentures have broken, the best thing you can do is to bring them to a denture clinic so that they can be professionally repaired. Do not try to repair your dentures at home. Household glues are not suitable for this purpose, as they can contain toxic ingredients or soften when placed in a moist environment, such as your mouth.


9 August 2021

Dental Health: Not To Be Taken For Granted

As a retired dentist, I work with charities which visit developing countries and educate children about dental care. It gives me great satisfaction to revisit these communities and see how proud the children are of their efforts. I am acutely aware that good dental hygiene can help prevent a range of serious conditions when these children become older. I started this blog because it greatly distresses me that many people in Australia do not seem to care for their teeth as much as children in these poor communities. This is happening despite ready access to items like toothbrushes and toothpaste which are luxuries in the places I visit. It is my hope that this blog encourages you not to take dental health for granted. My greatest wish is that you can be as inspired as the children I see in my charity work. Please read on and enjoy.