How can dentures be damaged?
The most common cause of damage to dentures is dropping them but they can also be subject to general wear and tear. Also, if you have had them for a long time, they may start to become worn and loose and subsequently cause pain and swelling in the gums. Pressure on dentures, such as grinding the teeth, can also cause damage.
What should I do if I damage my dentures?
Occasionally, people damage their dentures and the dentures need repairing. If this is the case, it is always a good idea to arrange to see your dentist, rather than buying a DIY repair kit. DIY kits are widely available but they are not as effective and there is a risk that you will do more damage.
If you drop your dentures, try to collect the pieces and store them in a glass of cool water until you see your dentist. Arrange an appointment as soon as you can.
In many cases, your dentist will be able to fix your dentures but this may not be possible straight away. In the majority of cases where damage is fairly minor, the dentures can be repaired and returned in the same day, but in more complex cases it may be necessary for the dentist to send the denture away to a laboratory and this will take longer.
Preventing damage to your dentures
Here are some tips for preventing damage to your dentures:
- Fill the sink with water when you clean your dentures so that the denture will not break if you drop it. You can also clean them over a towel or cloth
- Store your dentures in a safe container to prevent them falling or getting lost
- See your dentist if you experience any problems or pain with your dentures
How much do denture repairs cost?
The cost of denture repairs varies. Some dentists will include denture repairs in the cost of denture treatment, while others will charge a fee for repairs. Fees vary according to which dentist you see and the kind of repairs that need doing. More complex cases will be more expensive than straightforward problems.
Denture repairs are available free of charge on the NHS, but there is always the possibility that you will be on a waiting list.