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Does a Broken Denture Count as a Dental Emergency?

November 27, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — rosenfeld @ 4:00 pm
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All too often, patients think dental emergencies are reserved for extreme injuries that require immediate medical attention. While cases like knocked-out, fractured, and otherwise damaged teeth certainly do fall into this category, other issues like a broken denture also count. Read on for common causes and what to do if you do find yourself in this situation!

Common Causes of a Broken Denture

Perhaps the most common reason a denture breaks is simply wear and tear over time. After all, they typically only last 5-10 years, and using the same one for much longer leaves them significantly more vulnerable to damage. That being said, temperature variations, acidic foods, changes to the structure of your jawbone, and accidental tumbles during everyday activities are also culprits. So, while ideally your dentures will last their full lifespan, it’s a good idea to know how to react in case they do crack or split in two.

What To Do If Your Denture Breaks

If your dentures accidentally go tumbling to the floor or they are about to break down the middle due to a once small crack, do your best not to panic. Instead, call your dental team right away. Depending on your unique situation, they may be able to schedule a same-day appointment for a repair. Otherwise, they may have to request a replacement from their lab. Either way, you should not try to piece them back together on your own with a repair kit or household items, like super glue. Both can do more harm than good, so it’s best to leave the restoration to the professionals.

5 Prevention Tactics to Avoid Broken Dentures

Like most things in dentistry, prevention is paramount. Fortunately, you can prolong the lifespan of your dentures by following the below best practices:

  • Handle yours with great care when cleaning or transporting them
  • Keep them clean by brushing them twice a day
  • Get them adjusted regularly
  • Have them examined by your dental team every six months at your checkup and cleaning
  • Replace them every 5-10 years

Since a broken denture can significantly hinder your confidence, bite, and ability to speak clearly, it does count as a dental emergency. Fortunately, by calling your dentist right away, you can ensure yours are repaired or replaced as quickly as possible.

About the Author

Over three full decades ago, Dr. Gary A. Rosenfeld earned his dental doctorate from Columbia University Dental School, and he has been helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy, full smiles ever since! In that time, he has completed over 1,000 continuing education hours, and today he is an active member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. If it’s time to replace your dentures or you are interested in finding out which tooth-replacement solution is best for you, visit his website or give him a call at 631-581-8600.

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