I love to help others, but like many people today, I don't have a huge bank account that allows me to make large donations to charities. I still try to donate items I can afford to the needy, and two items that are always appreciated by local food banks are toothpaste and toothbrushes. These two items can make huge differences in the lives of needy people who cannot afford them, as it helps them keep their teeth healthy now and avoid expensive dental bills in the future. Remember that giving does not have to mean donating large sums of money to charities. I created this blog to remind people that giving dental care items to the needy can be a great contribution to society that anyone can afford.
If you drop your dentures and crack one of the plates, you'll need to take them to a denture clinic to be repaired. Although you can buy denture repair kits over the counter, you could ruin your dentures by gluing the crack together with the plate out of alignment. Denture repairs usually don't take too long, and it's better to have the job done right so you won't have problems with a poor fit. Here's what you can expect.
Some repairs are very easy to fix. If your plate only has a chipped or missing tooth, the denture clinic might be able to make the repairs while you wait. However, if the crack is in the pink portion of the plate, it will take longer. The technician needs to be very careful about keeping the plate in alignment when making the repairs so your plate won't rub your gums when you get them back. If you take your dentures to a clinic that has a lab available, you'll probably get the job done quicker than if you go to a dentist that has to ship your dentures to a lab. Clinics that specialize in denture care may even offer emergency treatment so you can have your dentures fixed as quickly as possible so you can get back to work.
Fixing a crack in the pink part of your dentures is a process with multiple steps. First, a temporary adhesive is applied to hold the plate together while it is placed in dental clay to make a mold. Once the mold is ready, it will hold the denture in alignment while the technician works on permanently repairing the crack. The temporary adhesive is removed and a transparent adhesive is applied to the crack. Once it is dry, the technician then grinds down the area to make it smooth. When the repairs are finished, the crack and repair work are invisible, and your plate looks good as new.
Fix The Problem
If your dentures fell out of your mouth because they don't fit very well, it's a good time to let the clinic reline them so they fit snugly in your mouth again. Your mouth changes over time and your dentures gradually get loose. That's because the bony ridges in your mouth slowly shrink since you no longer have teeth to stimulate the bone. Loose dentures can be fixed by relining them. You'll have a mold made of your mouth, and then the technician will build up the inner surface of your dentures just enough so they fit better and quit falling out.
A denture clinic can fix a lot of denture cracks, tooth problems, and even dentures that break into separate pieces. This saves you from having to buy a new set. However, if you glue a crack together yourself, it may permanently alter the dentures in such a way they can't be repaired properly. DIY repairs could lead to the need for new dentures.That's why it's best to resist using a repair kit and head to the denture clinic (like Bonnie Doon Denture Clinic) instead.