A denture refers to a removable oral prosthesis used as a replacement for missing teeth and their surrounding tissues. When you visit our dentist for the procedure, they will carry out a dental check-up to determine which are the most suited dentures for you – complete or partial. After the procedure, you will be asked to care for and maintain them to use them in the long run.
What Damages the Dentures?
Dentures need to be taken care of properly to keep your smile in the best possible shape. But there are a few things that may damage your dentures, such as:
- Cleaning the dentures with regular toothpaste damages your dentures. It is because they are made using artificial materials, and their exposure to certain substances leads to damage.
- The incorrect insertion or removal of dentures is another factor that damages the prostheses. It is crucial to learn how to wear your dentures properly.
- Dentures are durable, however, not unbreakable. Dropping dentures may break them, due to which you will have to get them restored or replaced entirely.
What to do About Damaged Dentures?
If you have damaged your dentures by any chance, we advise you to visit our dental practice so that we can examine them and find out the best way to fix them. Your dentures need to be adjusted a few times after you first receive them. Sometimes, patients get worried and think that they have damaged the dentures, but in reality, they only need a few adjustments to fit perfectly into their mouth.
Home Care Tips for Damaged Dentures
Do not fix the dentures on your own, as it may worsen the damage. You can perform the following things before taking them to our dentist:
- Collect everything that has broken off, including the wiring of the denture.
- You can use dental wax to fix the dentures if they are a little loose. Place the wax on the wire and let it act as a temporary barrier.
- Upon any damage, take out the dentures and soak them in water. Place them in the case while bringing them to our dental clinic. Do not wear damaged dentures.
Things to Avoid
- It is a waste to buy a home repair kit to fix your dentures. The use of such kits damages them even further.
- Many over-the-counter adhesives are available throughout the market, and we strictly advise you to avoid using them on your dentures.
Please reach out to our dental practice in San Antonio, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Shepherd. Please call us at (210) 820-0400 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.