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Does a Broken Denture Count as a Dental Emergency?

July 6, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlindsey @ 4:02 pm
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Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect it and be a painful, unsettling experience. While some situations are clearly an emergency (knocked-out tooth, excruciating tooth pain, broken teeth), you might wonder if a broken denture counts as one. After all, since it’s just a prosthetic, it can’t be harmful – right? It may surprise you to learn that even though it’s not as urgent as other situations, it still requires immediate professional help. Here’s why you should call your emergency dentist right away.

Why Do Dentures Break?

There are several reasons why a denture might break. Here are the three most common causes:

  • Wear and Tear – After years of consistent use, your denture can become worn down from chewing and daily wear. Eating foods and drinks at extreme temperatures can also contribute to its wearing down.
  • Progressive Bone Loss – Over time, this condition can shrink your jaw and cause your denture to fit improperly. With a lack of stability, the stress and pressure points can make your denture crack or break.
  • Accidental or Incidental Breakage – Every time you take your dentures out of your mouth, you increase your chances of accidentally dropping or misplacing your denture. When that happens, it can result in breakage.

What Should I Do If My Denture Breaks?

First and foremost, you should contact your emergency dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. They can properly assess the damage and repair it immediately. While there are “denture repair” kits in stores, you shouldn’t try and fix your prosthetic on your own. There’s a chance that something goes wrong, and the “repair” compromises the ability of your dentist to save the denture.

How Your Dentist Can Help

During your emergency visit, your dentist will carefully inspect the denture and determine the best course of action to fix it. Sometimes, they’ll be able to repair it right in the dental office. However, if the damage is severe, your dentist may need to send the denture back to the dental lab. Your dentist will discuss the options with you and explain how long the process will take. In rare cases, it may be best to replace the denture altogether.

Do you have a broken denture? Contact your emergency dentist right away to repair it. Soon, you can get back to enjoying your life with a restored smile!

About the Author

Dr. Shiloh Lindsey is proud to provide high-quality, personalized, compassionate family and cosmetic dental care for all her patients. She completed her general practice residency at Denver Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, then opened her practice in 2001. Dr. Lindsey and her team understand dental emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye, which is they offer emergency services for immediate help. If you have a broken denture, visit our website or call (970) 482-3166 to schedule a denture repair appointment.

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