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04 December 2023

Denture Repairs – What To (And What Not To) Do When Dentures Break

Denture Repairs Manchester

Even though modern dentures are more durable than their predecessors, they’re not indestructible. So when an accident happens and an appliance unexpectedly breaks, what should you do?

In this post, we’re going to discuss why you need to contact a clinic specialising in denture repairs here in Manchester, the common causes of broken dentures, and what you should and shouldn’t do when dentures break.

So let’s get started…

Broken dentures in Manchester – The common causes

According to a well-known denture solutions company, approximately 15 million people in the UK currently wear either a partial or full denture. That’s almost one in four people who rely on an oral appliance for a better quality of life.

Unfortunately, as we’ve already mentioned, modern dentures are indeed prone to chipping, cracking, or breaking. So, as durable and as lifelike as they are, they aren’t foolproof.

If you think about it, dentures are exposed to wear and tear every time we chew, eat or even speak. So it’s no wonder that the older dentures get, the more prone they are to cracking or breaking.

Additionally, eating harder foods or habitual tendencies like nail biting can also lead to chipping, while thermal damage from the consumption of overly hot or cold beverages can cause hairline cracking.

There is even a condition known as material fatigue that causes the denture to weaken over time as the result of repeated chewing.

Finally, fracturing caused by an impact is also a common reason for broken dentures.

Now we know why dentures break, it’s worth taking a closer look at what you should (and shouldn’t) do when the inevitable happens.

Firstly, what you shouldn’t do

Don’t DIY However easy the repair seems to be, don’t try and fix the problem yourself. Modern dentures are precision appliances designed to fit your unique oral topography. As such, any modifications made during the repair process, no matter how slight, may be enough to cause misalignment. A misaligned denture can cause a bad bite, impaired mobility, and even TMJD.

Never use superglue –  However tempting it might be to run a small amount of glue along a fracture line or repair a chipped replica tooth with a dab of adhesive, there are several reasons why you shouldn’t do this:

Firstly, superglue, or indeed any type of adhesive is toxic. So seeing as the denture needs to go back into your mouth, this probably isn’t a good idea.

Secondly, while superglue is partially waterproof, it isn’t ideal when exposed to water for extended periods. So even when we remove the toxicity factor, superglue will loosen its bond when in contact with saliva for prolonged periods.

Finally, superglue may cause damage to the delicate surfaces of your denture, rendering it irreparable. Any glue residue left behind after a repair can distort the area around a denture fracture, impacting how the denture sits in the mouth.

Don’t wear a broken denture – When it comes to a broken denture, doing nothing isn’t an option. Even slight damage such as a hairline crack can worsen when exposed to normal daily use. Moreover, broken dentures can cause misalignment, which, in turn, can cause discomfort and difficulty chewing.

Now you know what you shouldn’t do, let’s take a look at what you should do if you have a faulty or damaged denture.

Denture repair – Getting it right

Make use of temporary denture repair kitsWhile you shouldn’t get involved in denture DIY, it isn’t advisable to wear a broken denture either. This is where denture repair kits can help.

Unlike DIY glues and materials, denture repair kits are specifically designed to work with dentures. As a result, when the acrylic fixative, polymer beads, and even the replacement teeth are applied, they won’t affect the stability or alignment of this precision appliance.

The important thing to remember is that denture repair kits are not designed for long-term use. Instead, they’re best in temporary-fix situations where the incident has occurred over a weekend or the breakage has occurred on an evening and you can’t get booked in until the next day.

Get booked in at your earliest convenience

If you do experience a damaged or broken denture, don’t leave it. A damaged denture will only worsen over time, so, even if you have to apply a temporary fix, do so and get booked into a denture repair clinic here in Manchester at your earliest convenience.

Don’t assume that it doesn’t need fixing

However simple a denture repair problem appears, it could be there are underlying issues that an untrained eye might not be able to see. Conversely, a dental professional – particularly one who deals with the making and repair of dentures, can easily and quickly assess any damage done while determining what fixes are needed. One quick visit may save you a great deal of money in the long run.

So to recap…

When it comes to dentures, Manchester patients should look to carry out regular checks on wear and tear. Any issues like cracks or chips may be repaired temporarily using a denture repair kit. Alternatively, contact a local denture repair clinic for assistance.

Patients should always seek professional assistance rather than try to fix dentures on their own, no matter how easy the problem appears. Any adhesives or materials that aren’t denture-friendly may render the appliance unfit for purpose.

How to avoid broken dentures

Inevitably, the best way to avoid the problem of broken dentures is to make sure you take proper care of them.

This includes taking steps like:

  • Scheduling regular dental visits
  • Employing a thorough denture cleaning routine, and
  • Avoiding cleaning mishaps where possible. Always clean dentures over a sink of water with a towel placed at the bottom. This way, any accidental impact can be minimised.

When all is said and done, a broken denture doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Asking your dentist for a speedy appointment allows you to restore proper oral function fast. Denture repair centres like ours here in Manchester understand the urgency of speedy denture repairs and will work to minimise patient inconvenience.

Want to know more about dentures or dental implants in Manchester, or do you need a speedy denture repair?

Get in touch with the team at Cheadle Hulme Dental and Cosmetics. We provide the latest dental repair treatment that will have you smiling again in no time.


Writer: Dale King

Dale King has 12+ years of experience as a professional dental writer. He has worked with companies like Colgate and Invisalign, in addition to dozens of private dental practices. Dale is the founder of DentalWriters, a group of dental professionals and writing experts dedicated to creating simple, informative articles that help readers better understand how to best care for their teeth.

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