Dental Tips Blog

Sep
18

If You Break Your Denture While Traveling

Posted in Dentures

Sometimes the unthinkable happens: you damage your trusted denture or partial while away from your regular dentist.

We’re going to discuss not only what you should do in the event of such an emergency, but how you can minimize the chance of it happening!

Avoid Taking Your Denture’s Care into Your Own Hands!

It may be tempting to use superglue or grab a DIY denture repair kit. You understandably want your teeth back as soon as possible. But “repairing” your denture yourself could end up ruining it completely.

Call around to find a local dental office that does repairs. In the case of an emergency or walk-in appointment, you might have to wait a day or two. It’s worth the wait to have it professionally repaired!

Arrange for Care on Your Travels

Do you typically travel to a particular area to pass the winter in warmer regions?

If there is an area that you frequently visit for extensive stays, consider getting established with an office in that area. By at least establishing a rapport, you’ll be able to drop by for your unexpected dental needs, such as repairing a damaged denture.

Take Extra Precautions While Traveling

Do you worry that your denture might slip out while boating? Get chewed up by the family dog? Crack from a fall? Take extra precautions that you might not usually at home.

  • Wear a denture adhesive
  • Clean and handle your denture over a clean towel
  • Store your denture high off the ground in a secure case when not wearing it

With some careful forethought, you can avoid a serious denture accident! Talk with your dentist to create a more detailed action plan.

Posted on behalf of:
Tuscany Dental Care
1162 E Sonterra Blvd Suite 300
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 494-3589

Jul
24

What to do When Your Denture Breaks

Posted in Dentures

If your denture has broken, it’s a true dental emergency. Sure, you may not be in pain – but how are you going to go about your normal everyday activities like eating a meal or even going out into public? The moment your denture breaks, you need to call your dentist.

Repairing your denture may be the best option. Depending on the part of the prosthesis that broke, your dentist might be able to correct it (even if only temporary) the very same day. Be sure to bring all of the pieces of the denture with you to your emergency appointment, no matter how small they might be. Although bonding the pieces together isn’t always an option, it’s better to bring them with you just in case.

More severe damage may mean that your denture needs to be replaced. Your dentist will most likely try to make the broken denture as comfortable as possible while the new denture is being made.

Don’t put your broken denture off. Without having it looked at and addressed quickly, other pieces of the denture will most likely begin to deteriorate as well – making it harder to repair.

To keep your denture lasting as long as possible, bring it with you to your routine dental check-ups. That way your dentist can inspect it for any areas of wear, cracks, or compromised surfaces that could be more prone to breakage later on. Your dentist will also see how it functions inside of your mouth and make any adjustments to improve the long-term use and fit of the prosthesis. Book your check-up at least once a year!

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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