Broken Denture? Cosmetic Dentistry Services at Joly Dental Care in Edmonton Can Fix It!
Dentures are built to be as solid as possible, but, just like real teeth, they’re prone to breaks and chips once in a while. Perhaps you were cleaning your dentures and they slipped onto the floor. Perhaps, quite unfortunately, you sustained a facial injury, or maybe you somehow misjudged the consistency of a jawbreaker candy; no matter how your dentures met their unlucky fate, don’t panic! It happens to the best of us – and it’s usually a pretty easy fix.
My denture is broken. Now what?
The first thing to do is evaluate the extent of the damage. Depending on what happened, you might be able to temporarily fix the problem yourself, but your best bet is always to visit your Edmonton cosmetic dentistry specialist as quickly as you can. Here are a few courses of action:
- If a section of your denture has fallen out (a “clean break”), you could potentially buy yourself some time by using a store-bought repair kit. This can come in handy if you aren’t able to visit your dentist right away, but you’ll still need to schedule an appointment quickly. Keep in mind that the products contained in over-the-counter repair kits are of much lower quality than those used by dental specialists, and could even cause further damage to your denture. Use them only as a last resort.
- If your denture is cracked or chipped, there isn’t much you can do on your own. Consult a specialist as soon as you can; our cosmetic dentistry professionals in Edmonton will be happy to help.
Better safe than sorry!
A broken denture can really put a damper on your plans. It can be a painful, or downright embarrassing situation. There are a few preventative steps that you can take in order to save yourself some trouble down the road:
- Take good care of your dentures. Some bad habits can significantly reduce the lifespan of your dentures, such as using boiling water to sterilize them. This can weaken their structure, leaving them much more prone to breakage. Instead, choose a gentle cleaning product that doesn’t require hot water.
- Be aware of changes in fit. Over time, certain factors such as bone loss can cause the shape of your mouth and jaw to change, thus causing your dentures to shift. Pay close attention to any changes in fit, as this could weaken your dentures in addition to causing discomfort. Notify your dentist at the first sign of loose or ill-fitting dentures.
No matter how careful you are, accidents happen, and years of wear will eventually take their toll. In any case, don’t let a broken denture get in the way of your busy life. If your mishap occurred in Edmonton, visit our friendly team of cosmetic dentistry specialists right away. We’ll find the best way to get your smile back to normal as quickly as possible. We accept emergency calls, so feel free to contact us anytime!