Dentures, which are prosthetic teeth, should last you many years. Whether you’ve had an oral injury, tooth decay, periodontal disease (gum disease), or for another cause of weakened, broken, or fallen-out teeth, dentures are considered a long-term solution.
While most dentures are removable, there are various kinds of dentures to choose from — and some may be better suited for your lifestyle than others.
Depending on the type of dentures you choose, they can replace broken or missing teeth for years to come.
Your general dentist or prosthodontist can walk you through your denture options to find a type that works well and will last you a long time.
The five different types of dentures include the following:
If you prefer dentures that last long, you may choose a permanent type over a removable option. Because they are fixed in your mouth, they last longer. While removable dentures may last you about five to seven years, permanent dentures may last you seven to 10 years.
Of course, the better care you take of your dentures, the longer they will last. Practicing proper dental care by regularly brushing your dentures and rinsing with mouthwash will help keep them clean, stain-free, and functional for longer. Here are some other tips for keeping your dentures in good shape:
Yes, if you break your dentures, they can likely be repaired. Of course, some repairs will require more work and time than others.
If they break, they may require additional acrylic or a denture tooth replacement. When broken beyond repair, you may need a denture replacement.
There are different types of denture repairs depending on how your dentures broke.
Denture reline refers to resurfacing of the side of your denture that touches the soft tissues in your mouth. This helps the dentures fit more comfortably.
Denture rebase refers to remaking the pink acrylic part of your denture that holds the teeth.
Denture adjustment refers to realigning the dentures so that they fit more comfortably in your mouth in the event that they’re causing you discomfort.
If your dentures are broken beyond repair or simply no longer work for you, you may need to replace them altogether.
Depending on how badly your dentures are broken and the type of dentures you have, denture repairs start at about $50 but can easily climb to the hundreds.
There are some on Amazon - you can find the top results with a quick google search of "denture repair." However, these are only temporary solutions:
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about denture repairs:
If your break is as simple as a broken tooth in your denture, you can temporarily fix it yourself. While a professional repair with denture acrylic is best, you should avoid using super glue or gorilla glue because it is harmful to inhale and dangerous if ingested.
If you break your dentures at home, you can pick up a denture repair kit from most Walgreens, CVS stores, and similar shops. You can use this denture adhesive or super glue to reattach a tooth or temporarily fix some cracks in your dentures.
If your denture plate breaks, the best thing to do is visit a dental professional who can properly fix or repair it for you. While there are temporary fixes you may be able to do at home, they won’t last forever. You may also need a new denture if the break is bad.
It is not recommended by dental professionals to use Gorilla Glue as it is toxic and can cause a serious medical reaction.
While Super Glue can temporarily fix a denture, you should not use this as a solution. Super Glue is harmful to your overall health if inhaled or swallowed. Contact a dental professional or use an approved denture repair kit.
If your dentures keep falling out, it may be because they don’t fit properly. Even if they used to fit comfortably without any issues, your mouth can change over time or your dentures can warp or break. Visit your dentist to replace, repair, or adjust your dentures as needed.
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