If you have dentures, you know how important it is to keep them clean and protected from damage. But, if the worst should befall you and you need to seek denture repair, then you’ll need to know where to find a good denture clinic, what makes a good denture clinic, and what the process will be for getting your dentures repaired.
What Are the Different Types of Dentures?
Before we dive into denture repair, let’s go over what the different types of dentures are. All dentures are made from acrylic resin – often machine printed to exact measurements and are supported by remaining hard and soft tissues in the gums.
Complete dentures are also called full dentures, these are top-and-bottom dentures that cover both the top and bottom jawline. They’re usually used in instances where people have lost all of their teeth due to an accident, or disease and decay. Though most dentists and surgeons will try to save at least some natural teeth, it is not always possible.
The cost of dentures is usually quite high, thus for those who need them, complete dentures are often the most cost-effective option.
Partial dentures are the most common type of dentures in use by denture repair clinics. Partial dentures are used when someone has lost a section of teeth – as sometimes happens in accidents and as a side-effect of disease. Partial dentures can also be easily removed for cleaning, are durable and don’t break as easily.
Partial dentures come in both fixed and removable forms, each having its own purpose and with different associated denture costs. Your denture clinic will be able to recommend which type would best suit you and your situation.
Implant Retained Dentures
An ”overdenture”, as they are sometimes known is a type of denture that is held on top of your gums by a dental implant. These are expensive and require extensive surgery and an extensive healing time, however, they are custom-made and provide one of the most comfortable, natural fits for dentures.
The final most-common type of denture is the immediate denture, these are implanted immediately following emergency denture repairs. They are often a rough mock-up of your mouth’s shape and aren’t made to a custom fit. They can sometimes be uncomfortable and are often a stop-gap for a short period of time between the surgery and getting your own custom-fitting denture set – whether partial dentures or complete dentures.
What Can Cause Dentures to Break?
Some common things that can cause denture breakage to occur include:
- Improper Fit – One of the most common reasons why dentures break is that they’re improperly fitted – though a good denture clinic will always try to get it right, mistakes can be made. Improper fit can cause discomfort and soreness in the gums. It may also cause faster material wear-and-tear of the dentures.
- Dropping Your Dentures – We’ve all been there – accidentally dropped something and it broke – this can also be the case with your dentures, particularly if they’re older and already worn.
- Wear and Tear – If your dentures are aged, you may find that they’re starting to decay, and even certain ‘teeth’ of the denture may have started to fracture. Unfortunately, this may mean that sections of the denture may need to be replaced at a denture clinic. Faster wear and tear on your dentures can be caused by increased consumption of acidic food. So, avoid heavy consumption of acidic food if you have dentures!
What Can A Denture Clinic Do In An Emergency?
Let’s say that you have an unexpected denture break or fracture. Your local denture clinic may offer emergency denture repairs, depending on the severity of the damage. Unfortunately, you may have to be left with a pair of temporary dentures while they perform the denture repair. You may leave the clinic with a pair of immediate dentures.
You should expect to pay a fair bit for the emergency denture repair. The cost of customised dentures isn’t cheap, and having to perform an emergency repair may require extra tools that aren’t in common use in your everyday operation of the denture clinic.
What Makes a Good Denture Clinic?
Finding a good denture clinic in a pinch can be challenging, but it is critical that you’re able to identify what makes a good denture clinic and begin consulting with them in an emergency. Be sure to thoroughly do your research before you call.
Any good denture clinic should have a functional website and even a social media presence of some sort, with public testimonials – that’s probably where you should go first. Next, they should have a detailed explanation of their services and the technology they use to create the dentures (this technology should be able to be Google’d and be modern and up-to-date).
Your next step should be to visit the denture clinic. It must be a clean and sterile environment, just like you’d expect at your local dentist’s office. The staff should be knowledgeable, kind and conversational. You should get a good feeling from them that they’re competent and that you’re in good hands.
How Can Aesthetic Dental & Denture Clinic Help?
If you’re looking for advice, support, consultation or even in need of emergency denture repair, then Aesthetic Dental & Denture Clinic Camden offers a full-service denture clinic, from surgical procedures to denture fittings, measurements, and emergency denture repairs. We’re outfitted to provide immediate dentures and can take measurements to produce your own custom-fitted dentures.
Contact us today to see how we can service your denture needs!