Fast repair of dentures with broken or missing teeth

Frequently asked Denture questions:

Can My Broken Denture Be Repaired?

Yes, at Roman Dental we  repair cracked denture bases and replace missing denture teeth. Roman Dental offers same day repairs.  An on-site denture lab quickly repairs dentures. We also repair partial dentures and all-on-four implant supported bridges and dentures. Depending on the condition of the denture, a repair may last indefinitely.   In other situations the repair may be a temporary, until a new appliance can be made.  Cracked dentures and dental plates with missing teeth are usually repaired during the same business day.

repaired dentures. before and after pictures.

 

Why do dentures break?

Often dentures break due to changes in the size of the jaw bone.   After teeth are removed the jaw bone begins to shrink.  The denture will wobble on top of the shrunken jaw.  The shrinkage of the jaw creates a lack of support under the denture.  The lack of support allows the denture to flex under the stress of chewing. Eventually this stress causes the denture to break.

Can Loose dentures be made to fit more tightly?

Loose dentures can usually be made to fit more tightly.  In a process called denture relining, a new layer of acrylic (plastic) is bonded to the internal aspect of the existing denture making it more stable.  The benefits of relining are most noticeable to patients who have been wearing the same denture for over two years.  

Patients who have weight change since their dentures were originally made  notice a big improvement in denture fit after a reline.  Denture relines can be done quickly during a single appointment.  Unfortunately quick, in-office relines are porous and subject to absorbing odors.  Additionally in-office relines are prone to peeling out or delaminating from the existing denture base.

An alternative method of denture relining is accomplished by processing the new internal surface of the denture in a laboratory.  The lab processed reline achieves a durable and hygienic result.   Lab relining requires that the denture be surrendered to the lab.  Overnight, a pressurized processing technique produces a dense acrylic reline which is ready to be returned to the patient the following day.

How long do dentures last?

Dentures that are made of high quality  materials can provide excellent aesthetics and function for five to seven years.  Like car tires rated by expected mileage, denture teeth are made with differing wear performance. 

Dentures that break repeatedly because of wear or age should to be replaced. New replacement dentures can be designed with reinforcement to prevent future cracks, provide lip and cheek support, better fit,  comfort and aesthetics.

Fast and strong denture repair is our specialty.

Why do dentures feel loose and uncomfortable?

All dentures are custom made to fit the unique shape of a persons mouth.  However some mouths have better shape and structure, allowing the denture it to stay in position and function properly.  The most common complaint of denture wearers is the lack of stability of lower dentures, also known as dental plates.  Bottom denture looseness is due to the movement of the tongue and narrowness of the horseshoe shaped ridge that supports the denture.  Additionally some patients have very little “ridge height”.   In patients with small ridge height the tissue under the tongue, known as the floor of the mouth, acts like a trampoline pushing the denture up off the ridge causing the denture to float.

For some patients, even the best made dentures simply don’t work. These patients experience tenderness, denture slippage, gagging, poor aesthetics, frustration and an inability to chew. Universally this struggle results from either a lack of jawbone to support the denture or intolerance for the denture base, which contacts the surfaces of the mouth. For these people, the dentures must be anchored to the jaws to prevent denture movement. Dental implants lock a denture in place preventing it from shifting when chewing or moving the tongue while speaking.

For patients wanting the least costly solution to resolve a loose lower denture problem, the best solutions are often the simplest ones. Beyond denture adhesives placing two conventional implants with snap-on attachments the denture clicks into position.  Alternatively four mini dental implants can be placed. Mini implants provide dental anchorage at less than half the cost of conventional implants. Mini implants can be placed without bone grafts or waiting periods. With an implant stabilized denture a person can laugh, talk, eat and sing with confidence.