I’ve Damaged My Dentures. What Should I Do?

September 16, 2016 Staff 0 Comments

Taking proper care of your dentures and getting regular check-ups with your dentist should help you to avoid damage to them, but accidents happen that might create problems with your dentures. So, it’s good to know what steps you should take next in case you do damage your dentures. This blog is filled with advice for denture wearers in this situation.

Make a dental appointment

The first thing you should do is contact your dentist or denture clinic to make an appointment as soon as you can. Your dentist will be able to assess the damage and make the proper repairs or adjustments or replace your dentures if necessary. If you try to fix your dentures yourself with an at-home repair kit, then you could end up damaging them even further. Your dentist will, hopefully, be able to repair your dentures right there and then if the damage is not too severe.

Store them properly

If your dentures are badly damaged, then you may not be able to wear them or doing so may be uncomfortable or painful. If this is the case, make sure that you store them properly until your dental appointment and on your way to it. Store them in a safe container, soaked in water or a denture solution.

Collect any broken pieces

If your dentures have shattered or if a part has broken off, then try to collect all the pieces so you can bring them with you to your dental appointment. This should include any wiring that has broken off your dentures.

Preventing damage to your dentures

Once your dentist has repaired or replaced your dentures, you want to make sure that the same thing doesn’t happen again. Here are a few easy tips for keeping your dentures in good condition and damage-free:

  • Always handle them with care when removing, cleaning, and storing your dentures.
  • Position yourself over a surface that won’t break your dentures if you accidentally drop them while cleaning or removing them. Filling the sink with water and putting a towel down on the countertop works well.
  • Remove and soak your dentures overnight.
  • Clean your dentures daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a denture cleaner.
  • Avoid using regular toothpaste as this can weaken the structure of the dentures, making them more prone to damage.
  • Avoid eating overly hard, sticky, and chewy foods.

Read our other blogs for more tips and tricks for denture wearers.

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