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09 April 2018

Denture Repair in Manchester – Why It’s Needed and How It’s Done

Denture Repair Manchester

Along with more familiar treatments such as teeth whitening in Stockport and dental implants, Manchester residents may not know that we can also assist with denture repair in Manchester. This is good to know if you’re one of the thousands of individuals who happen to wear one. So with this in mind, let’s take a closer look at why denture repair is needed and how it’s carried out

Surprisingly, many dental appliances, even dentures need repairing from time to time. Despite full or partial dentures being able to withstand a relative bite force in the mouth, the fact remains that they are made from a material (usually acrylic, resin, and metal) which can suffer fatigue. In fact the longer your denture is worn, the more likely it will need some form of repair.

Of course, there are missing teeth replacement options that are virtually hassle-free that shouldn’t need any form of repair once in place such as dental implants, but Manchester residents, for many reasons, may decide to take the non-surgical route to restore their smile. Hence the fact why dentures remain popular. Besides that, they’re a million miles away from dentures of old and are lightweight, more comfortable and more lifelike than their predecessors.

So, getting back to the subject of denture repair, let’s take a closer look at some of the common types of fractures and breakages.

Poor fit

One of the most common causes of denture fracture we see is undoubtedly poor fit. If the upper and lower dentures don’t align perfectly when bite pressure is applied, it causes excess stress. Initially, this creates microscopic stress fractures in the denture material and over time this can result in a large crack or break with little or no warning.

Impact fracturing

We’ve already mentioned that denture material is quite fragile and needs to be treated as such when taken out of the mouth. In fact, one of the most common causes of impact fracturing occurs when the appliance is being cleaned and it’s dropped into the sink.

As a top tip…place a towel or flannel in the sink when your dentures are being cleaned. This way, if it does slip out of your hands, it will have a cushioned landing and you won’t be searching for ‘speedy denture repair Manchester any time soon.

With impact fracturing, the denture can break at any point. Often this is the metal clasps if you’re wearing a partial, the pink acrylic area resembling your gums or the prosthetic teeth. Whatever happens, it’s not advisable to put it back into your mouth, simply call us and let us take a closer look.

Time

Over time dentures can become worn and thin. Remember that any denture with an uneven bite can put a great deal of stress on the appliance, but as well as a bad fit, when prosthetic teeth become worn down they too can lead to a poor distribution of bite forces. So just like you would a top up for teeth whitening, Stockport, Cheadle and Hale patients may require a visit to get their denture crowns ‘topped up’

So how do we go about denture repair in Manchester?

Bringing your denture back to life by relining or rebuilding is all part of the service we offer here at Church Road Dental. Because the natural shape of the jaw changes over time, your denture or partial will need to be adjusted or reset. Provided it’s caught early enough we can ‘add back’ material to make the denture a better fit for your mouth. This avoids painful rubbing and embarrassing denture slippage.

If however more detailed work is needed, then we’ll send your denture off to a specialist denture repair laboratory. However, regardless of the final outcome, the first port of call should always be your dentist, who assesses the situation.

How can you prolong the life of your dentures?

Full or partial dentures can be slippery creatures so you need to take care when handling them to ensure they don’t escape from your grasp. Clean them thoroughly but carefully and be watch out for where you put them down.

Ensure you check your dentures regularly for early signs of wear and tear. Things to look out for are:

  • Worn areas particularly the teeth
  • Any tiny cracks or abrasions appearing on the surface or near the gum line
  • In the case of partial dentures check for damages or faulty working parts such as metal clasps.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about denture repair in Manchester and why and when it’s carried out. You could, of course, go down the other route if you’re seeking a hassle-free missing tooth replacement and opt for dental implants. Manchester patients can rest assured that our experienced team has helped many patients with their missing tooth dilemmas so do come and talk to us.

Alternatively, if you aren’t happy with the cosmetic look of your teeth, then it’s good to know that we also offer chairside and take home professional teeth whitening. Stockport and Manchester patients need never have a less than perfect smile. So whatever your dental needs, contact us for a consultation on 0161 486 0743 today.

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