One of the most serious complications with full dentures is prosthesis fracture – a broken denture. It is more common with the top denture but does occur with the bottom denture as well.
Common Causes of Broken Dentures
There are several reasons for denture fracture. One of the most common causes of denture fracture includes wear and tear over time. Following years of use, the denture has undergone many stress cycles of chewing and daily wear. In addition, the temperature variations found in hot and cold foods and beverages, as well as certain types of acidic foods and even the moisture in your mouth can wear down a denture.
Over time, progressive bone loss can also shrink the jaw. If your denture does not fit properly, it may move around in the mouth, and this lack of stability can cause stress and pressure points which can cause your denture to crack or break.
Finally, another very common cause for broken dentures is accidental or incidental breakage. Dentures must be removed at night, and may even accidentally fall out during everyday activities. Simply by taking your dentures out of your mouth, there is a risk each time that you may accidentally drop or misplace your denture which may result in breakage.
What to do if your denture breaks
If your denture breaks, we advise you to contact your 1st Family Dental location to request a denture repair appointment to take a look at your denture. There are denture “repair kits” on the market, but we do not advise using them. Proper repair of a denture requires expert knowledge and skill as well as materials. If you attempt a temporary repair of your denture at home, there is a chance that we may not be able to repair the denture. Living without your denture can be very tough, which is why most 1st Family Dental locations are open on weekends.
Options for a broken denture
Depending on the type of break and the reason for the break can impact whether or not the denture can be repaired. Sometimes we may be able to repair your denture in the same office visit. In other cases, we may need to send it back to the dental lab. If this is the case, your dentist will discuss options with you while your dentures are at the lab, and how long it may take.
If your dentures have not been fitting properly, your dentist may recommend a reline of the denture, or if they are old and worn, may recommend creating a new and better fitting denture.
Bone loss is common for individuals with dentures, and can increase over time. Dental implants with an over-denture are a great option to help slow and even prevent bone loss, while fixing your denture to the implants. These custom-made over-dentures fit more snugly and will give you more confidence during everyday activities such as eating, drinking and speaking.