Denture Repairs

From time to time things break, this is a known part of life to any long term denture wearer. 

*** IMPORTANT  ***

If your denture has broken, keep all pieces.

DO – place them in a safe place such as a ziplock bag or small container.

DO NOT – try to fix it yourself with any type of adhesive or any other creative methods. Doing so will introduce material to the denture that will make it harder for a professional to repair the denture the way it was before.

What is involved in a denture repair? can’t you just stick it back together? 

The short answer; It is a simple process that most professionals with access to the correct material and tools should be able to successfully fix the denture the way it was before in a timely fashion.  (depending on the situation).

The long answer; When a broken denture is presented to the clinic the first thing that must be considered is what is the cause for the break. The denture design needs to be considered sometimes it is impossible to know where the stress will be concentrated when designing a denture and in some cases modifications to the denture design need to be made. The second step is to temporarily bond the broken parts of the denture back together using safe adhesive. Next, the denture base is used to create a model that can now be used to preserve the shape of the denture. Following this step the crack or join is then removed and fresh dental acrylic components can be mixed to flow onto the site of the join.The denture is then placed into a curing pot where it is exposed to high temperature and high pressure to avoid porosity in the new acrylic denture base material.  After the acrylic has been through the curing cycle it is ready to be removed and excess material can be removed and the site of the join is ready to be polished. When the denture is ready to be presented to the patient it is common to require an adjustment or two as this process is done by hand.