How to make sure your dentures don’t break

If you’ve ever worn broken dentures, you know how terrible the experience can be. Not only is it embarrassing, but it also makes eating and talking difficult.

Wear and tear is unavoidable with all denture types, whether full, partial or the kind that’s held in place with implants. However, at Eden Denture Clinic, we know a thing or two about how to avoid breaking your dentures, as we’ve been providing Winnipeg residents with quality denture care for over 25 years.

How do dentures break?

There are many ways your dentures can break. The acrylic gums can chip or the teeth can crack. Additionally, they can shatter if they’re dropped. Sometimes the whole apparatus can snap in half if it’s out of alignment. To avoid these kinds of disasters, you’ll need to take precautions to protect your dentures from harm.

What you can do to increase the longevity of your dentures
While they need to be replaced every seven years, here are a few ways you can make sure your dentures stay in great shape until it’s time for a new set:

• Make sure they fit properly. The shape of your mouth is always changing, especially after losing teeth. You should see your denturist at least once a year for a checkup. They’ll probably recommend that you have your dentures relined at least once a year to make sure that they fit comfortably.

• Try not to drop them. When you brush your dentures, you should stand over a folded towel or fill your sink with water. This way, if you drop them, there’s less of a chance that they’ll shatter on impact.

• Insert and remove them properly.
Improper technique can change dentures’ shape, which can lead to them breaking in half. When taking out lower dentures, use a gentle side-to-side motion while pulling them out. For uppers, put your thumb behind your front teeth and pull up and out.

• Clean them gently. It’s best to clean dentures with a specially made denture cleanser and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Stay away from most toothpastes—especially whitening formulas—hard brushes and household cleaners. All of these things can damage your dentures.

• Keep them moist. Dentures need to stay moist to keep their shape, so make sure to soak them when you take them out. You should use a special soaking liquid for this or a mixture of white vinegar and water. If your dentures contain metal, however, then you should use warm water to avoid tarnishing them. Stay away from any bleach products when soaking your dentures—these can cause them to weaken and break.

What to do for broken dentures?
If your dentures or denture implants are broken, don’t despair: we offer repair services at our two Winnipeg clinics. Sometimes, repairs can be done while you wait. Call us now to find out more or to book an appointment.

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