Can My Broken Denture Be Repaired?

Roman Dental quickly repairs cracked denture bases and replaces missing denture teeth fast. Roman Dental offers same-day repairs.  An on-site denture lab makes the repair process fast and simple. Roman dental also repairs partial dentures and all-on-four implant-supported bridges and dentures. Depending on the condition of the denture, a repair may be temporary or last indefinitely.   If a denture is old and worn, a temporary repair can last until a new appliance can be made.  Cracked dentures and dental plates with missing teeth are usually repaired during the same business day.

Bring your denture to the office early in the morning so that the denture can be ready for pick-up in the afternoon. Denture repairs usually do not require the patient to be seen by the dentist. When dropping off the denture for repair, bring it clean and in a clear plastic bag so that the staff can quickly determine how long it will take to repair your denture. 

Fast and strong denture repair is our specialty.

Repaired broken dentures: before and after images

Frequently asked denture questions:

What should I do with my broken denture?

Gather any broken parts or teeth that have chipped off of the pink base material. Clean off any denture adhesives and food debris. Rinse the pieces with water or mouth wash. Place all the pieces in a plastic bag or container so that they don’t get lost.  Please take all the pieces to the dentist to have them repair or replace the denture.  Even if the denture is not repaired, the dentist can use the old denture as a guide when making a new denture. Having the old denture allows the dentist to more quickly know where to position the denture teeth for the best look and function.  Avoid using do-it-yourself denture repair kits.

Denture repair kits (DIY): do they work?

Broken denture repair kits can work temporarily.  The DIY kits from drug stores are handy for quickly reattaching a tooth broken off the pink denture base.

Caution: If a denture is broken into pieces and has a clean crack line, a dentist can properly fit the broken pieces together and achieve a strong, lasting result. The repair acrylic in a do-it-yourself kit works by chemically melting and fusing the broken edges. Once the edges are melted, a dentist will no longer properly fit the broken pieces together. If edge melting occurs, a new denture will need to be made. 

In a desperate situation, a denture repair kit can help temporarily. However, the kits can ruin the denture. This is especially true if it is being used to fuse broken pieces.

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 denture relining process, a new layer of acrylic (plastic) is bonded to the existing denture’s internal aspect, 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 had a change in body weight since their dentures were originally made notice a big improvement in denture fit after a reline.  Dentures can be done quickly during a single appointment or as a lab procedure requiring a second visit.  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.

The alternative denture relining method is accomplished by processing the denture’s new internal surface in a laboratory.  The lab processed reline 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. A quality denture will commonly last five to seven years.  Like car tires rated by expected mileage, denture teeth are made with differing wear performance. 

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

Why do dentures feel loose and uncomfortable?

All dentures are custom-made to fit the unique shape of a person’s mouth.  However, some mouths have better shape and structure, allowing the denture to stay in position and function properly.  The most common complaint of denture wearers is the lack of stability of lower dentures.  Bottom denture looseness is due to the tongue’s movement and the horseshoe-shaped ridge’s narrowness 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 mouth floor, acts like a trampoline pushing the denture up off the ridge, causing the denture to float.

For some patients, even the best-made dentures 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 mouth’s surfaces. For these people, we must anchor the dentures 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.

implant denture anchorage systems illustrated

What is the simplest solution for loose dentures?

When adhesives don’t work, dental implants provide the best solution.  By placing two conventional implants with snap-on attachments, the denture locks into position as an alternative, four small diameter dental implants can be placed. These so-called 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.