Denture Repairs

Denture repair should be stress free; we ensure it is.

The misfortune of denture breakage is an event that can strike fear into the heart of any individual who has had this unfortunate experience. The stress compounds if you are in a work or social situation and suddenly find your smile is a tooth or two short, or worse, in two pieces. The reasons dentures break are varied, but with a little care and forethought you can reduce the chances of such a mishap.

The most common reason dentures need repairing is because they have been dropped while being cleaned. Hard bathroom floors, sinks and taps take their toll on many a mishandled denture. When cleaning, it is wise to fill your sink partially with water or place a face cloth in the bottom. This, along with holding your denture low in the sink, will likely cushion the fall should you loose your grip while brushing.

Denture breakages that occur while in your mouth are less common, but can happen at more inopportune moments. There are, however, some predictable circumstances that can lead up to this misfortune.

  • Steak bones, hard candies, ice cubes, nut shells, and other such fare can test the limits of tooth strength. Let common sense dictate what you bite.
  • Loose fitting dentures can lead to fractures. As your ridges shrink, dentures become less supported and are more prone to flexing while under the force of chewing. Having your teeth checked and relined when necessary will help in preventing this problem.
  • Disharmony in bite relationships. As your dentures age, the way they align to one another can begin to change resulting in uneven pressure distribution. This may result in a tooth actually being popped out of a plate. Most often one of the front teeth on an upper denture. Again, a regular check up will most often identify this type of problem and preventative measures can be taken.

Fortunately, a broken denture can usually be repaired through a process of replacing the damaged area of acrylic with new material. This bonds the denture back together. In the case where a tooth has been lost, most clinics will carry a fair selection of spare molds and should be able to find an appropriate replacement. Some clinics will provide this service in about an hour, so the inconvenience is minimal.

Key points to bear in mind should you need a denture repaired:

  • Bring in all the pieces with you.
  • Absolutely do not attempt to glue a denture back together yourself. Once glue has been applied to a denture, the fitting edges can become very distorted, making it difficult or impossible for your practitioner to accurately mend your plate.

Pricing

The majority of denture repairs can be completed in one day and can cost as little as $100. Given this is considered a health service there is no taxes on repairs. Most simple repairs can be completed without a booked appointment just call 250-756-1616 and our friendly receptionist would be happy to help recommend a time to get you through the process as quickly as possible. There may be additional costs if impressions, clasps, reinforcing bars or new denture teeth are required.

Our office has an in house lab to provide you skilled restorations without the added cost of a commercial laboratory. With over 31 years of experience, Frank, our metal technician can effectively repair your metal based partial dentures. If welding is required, it can also be completed in house in approximately 48 hours.

In most cases, partial denture wearers whom have had natural dentition removed can have denture teeth added to their existing appliance. These type of repairs do require impressions which makes a scheduled appointment necessary.

To ensure you have the best opportunity to have your repair completed with the least amount of inconvenience we are open as of 7:00 am through to 5:00 pm Monday to Thursdays.

Please be aware: never use crazy glue or any adhesive to home repair your broken denture. The glue may affect the integrity of the acrylic when bonding the pieces back together which can result in an expensive repair or make your denture impossible to repair. If you find yourself in the unfortunately situation of a denture breakage, simply call 250-756-1616; we are always happy to hear from you.

I have trained myself for years not to smile because I was self conscious of the gaps. It is so nice to be proud to smile again!. – 2016