Denture Repair in Gretna, LA

Doesn't it seem like when something can go wrong, it absolutely happens at the most inconvenient time? Like right before an important presentation, or a special event?

Dental mishaps can be especially nerve-wracking, especially if they are highly visible or impair your ability to chew or speak. A broken denture can impact you physically and mentally; it can be painful and embarrassing.

There are many reasons why dentures become damaged, including biting into something hard, physical impact, everyday wear and tear, a shift in your jawline, and more. When our patients have a damaged denture in Gretna, they need to take immediate action to prevent even more damage to the prosthetic or injury to the wearer. Call NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry if you have broken or cracked your dentures. 

Why Dentures Need to Be Repaired

Over time, your jaw bone and gum line naturally change shape, which can cause dentures to become loose. Poorly fitting dentures can cause a variety of oral health issues like infection, mouth sores, and more.

Dr. Russel Schafter at NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry can advise you if your dentures need to be replaced. Generally, your dentist may recommend replacing dentures every 5-7 years. During this time, your dentures may need to be repaired.

A typical source for fracture is a loose fit. Every time you chew and bite down on your denture, the force can cause micro-fractures within the material. If the upper and lower jaws don't line up evenly, you may put too much pressure on one area instead of dispersing it evenly. Eventually, a break can happen that Dr. Schafer will need to fix.

Dentures are frequently cracked due to being dropped. This sudden impact can break the denture anywhere on the prosthetic. If the metal clasps of a partial denture become impaired, they should not be worn.

Dr. Schafer will be able to recognize signs that your dentures are becoming loose or ill-fitting during your dental check-ups and exams, or you may even notice it yourself. Pay attention to irritated gums or difficulty chewing. Your dentist may be able to repair the dentures through relining, rebasing, or replacing the dentures entirely.

Denture Repair in Gretna, LA

At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, we love dentures as per our name. While we love making dentures, often times our patients have a great fitting denture that requires repair either due to a crack or a chip.

Fixing a denture is often like fixing a car. The cost and time involved depending on the extent of the damage and the reason for the damage. Some are small quick repairs that can be done in a few hours, whereas others can take a week or two to fix properly.

One Day Dentures

When patients break their dentures, they struggle with the thought of having to live with missing teeth for weeks while they wait for their dentures to be created in a dental lab. We appreciate how difficult this can be, which is why Dr. Schafter offers One-Day-Dentures that we craft in our on-site lab.

Your denture dentist in Gretna, LA will ensure that your dentures fit correctly and that your bite is perfect. He may also place liners if needed to healing gums. One-Day-Dentures allow patients to have a beautiful, complete smile on the same day. You can even receive brand new teeth after a dental extraction that day.

For patients who are only missing a few teeth, we offer a metal-free partial that replaces the missing teeth. Our partial dentures will allow patients to retain the function of their mouth, and it keeps their existing healthy teeth intact.

Early Signs of Breaking

Dentures will often show early signs that something bad is about to happen. Dr. Schafer recommends checking your denture at least weekly for any areas of damage or new signs of wear.

Signs of wear generally include bite marks from the teeth that are chewing into the denture or the denture not fitting as well or having the suction it used to have. For areas of damage, check the gum portion of the denture using light to shine through it to evaluate for any cracks forming.

If you note cracks forming, bring it to a dentist to repair before the cracks get bigger. The smaller the crack, the easier and less expensive the fix is.

What to Do When a Denture Breaks

If your denture breaks, bring it to a dentist within a few days of it breaking. If you wait too long to bring a partial denture in for a repair, there is a chance that the teeth can shift, and the denture may no longer fit. If this happens frequently, the only solution is to make a new partial.

Do not attempt to repair it on your own because you may cause irreversible damage that will permanently ruin them. Dr. Schafer has seen many patients who have attempted to DIY by repairing a denture using super glue or crazy glue, and generally, this destroys the prosthesis and makes it much more challenging to fix. The reason is that super glue cannot bond to denture acrylic effectively. It will generally hold up for one or two days at best, but then it will break again, making it more difficult to fix.

Many times patients end up having to replace their dentures altogether. If a tooth breaks off the denture, please keep that tooth as it fits the denture perfectly and matches the other teeth.

Types of Denture Repairs

The main two types of denture repairs are in office or lab repairs.

Dr. Schafer does in-office repairs, and we can generally finish them overnight when the prosthesis is dropped off by the close of business, and return it the next morning at opening. The material used must cure in a denture repair machine for 8 hours to get to full strength. When the prosthesis is delivered back to the patient, Dr. Schafer checks to make sure that the fit and bite are correct.

In-office repairs can fix simple cracks and missing teeth as well as do smaller relines of partial dentures. We do lab repairs when significant changes happen to the dental prosthesis. While lab repairs take one to two weeks to complete, the benefit is that the strength of the repair is much better than an in-office repair. The reason is that the lab has access to more specialized equipment and materials, as Dr. Schafer works with a lab that specializes in dentures.

We generally make lab repairs when there are significant fit issues such as the gums have healed back or the denture is over ten years old, and the gums have changed shape so much that a simple repair will not fix the problem. In-office repairs are also needed when we are changing the bite due to worn out teeth or are replacing more than two front teeth at a time.

Dr. Schafer and his dental team help many patients love their smiles by keeping their dentures in good shape.

Unfortunately, dentures rarely break at convenient times, but we can repair them quickly and inexpensively if we catch the damage early. If your denture cracks or you are concerned about it breaking, please call our office at 504-392-5104 to make an appointment for a consult and we will help you out.

Do You Need to Have Your Dentures Repaired?

If you have broken a denture in Gretna, LA and need it repaired, don't hesitate to call our dental office. Dr. Russell Schafer at NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry has years of experience repairing and restoring full and partial dentures.