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3 Misconceptions About Denture Repairs

Many patients who consider getting dentures don't know much about this tooth replacement option. Therefore, they may end up having misconceptions about how damaged dentures are repaired. Dentists have heard it all—from claims that a damaged denture is irreparable to rumours that partial dentures are useless once broken.

This piece will uncover 3 common misconceptions about denture repairs and why you should consider getting dentures as a reliable option for missing teeth.

1. Having your dentures repaired will cause irritation

Perhaps the most common misconception regarding dentures is that they can't be made to fit perfectly against your gums. While it's true that many patients in the past have struggled with poorly fitting dentures, this problem primarily occurs because of the type of care that they received.

Not all dentists are the same, and some may recommend standard-sized dentures that don't fit comfortably on a patient. In addition, a damaged denture will often need to be carefully repaired and re-fitted on your gums to prevent irritation. If your dentures were recently damaged, make sure that they're re-fitted as part of the repair process. A damaged denture may become physically deformed, thus causing irritation down the line.

The repair process should also incorporate a customised fit using dental imaging techniques (such as 3D x-rays), and treatment of any irritated gums, teeth and jaws.     

2. It's difficult (or impossible) to repair partial dentures

Partial dentures are an excellent solution for people who are missing only a few teeth inside the mouth. There are two types of partial dentures- dental bridges and removable partial dentures. Because dental bridges are permanently anchored inside your mouth, many people tend to think that these dentures are difficult, if not impossible, to repair.

However, the truth is that fixed partial dentures can be repaired if they become damaged or misaligned in your mouth. This is because the denture itself is anchored to two adjacent teeth that are on opposite ends of your fixed dentures. If repair is necessary, the fixed denture can be "unscrewed" from your mouth, fixed and re-adjusted to fit your gumline.

3. Denture repairs take a while to be completed 

If you recently damaged your dentures, you may be concerned that the repair process will be lengthy and complicated. However, advanced dental imaging techniques are now available to make the repair process faster, more efficient, and more affordable.

No longer are dentists physically repairing dentures using their bare hands and a few tools. More professionals are using 3D scanning and IoT machines to detect the areas where your dentures were damaged—and to fix them accordingly.