How to fix a broken denture? Denture repair labs vs. at-home repair kits

Richard Hattaway

Written by Richard Hattaway DDS, Peter Dégallier RDH, Nichole McKenna DDS

Dentures are mainly made from acrylic resin, which is the pink stuff that imitates the gums. This material is a great choice, as it allows for repairs. Damage to dental prostheses is common. They should be fixed as soon as possible.

Are there any denture repair labs near me? Discover what you should do and where you can go if your denture snaps or chips.

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Why do dentures break?

Broken denture

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Richard Hattaway

Richard Hattaway, DDS

While the overdenture itself may not need maintenance, the components used to snap it in will need to be replaced regularly. Usually this is every 3-18 months.

Implant dentures also stimulate the bone so it doesn't get reabsorbed, which changes the shape of your ridges over time.

How to fix broken dentures?

Denture repair kit

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First of all, dentists advise against any type of DIY denture fixes at home. Nonetheless, it is a lot cheaper than going to a professional and may be a benefit if you are looking for a short-term solution. Either way, follow these tips:

  • do not use glue that is not meant for dentures,
  • follow the instructions on the product,
  • don’t alter the shape of the fitting side of the denture,
  • make sure the kit is FDA-approved,
  • report to your dentist as soon as possible, and
  • wear a spare denture if you have one instead.

Denture repair kits are available online as well as in drugstores and markets. They are a better choice than using any kind of glue. Most of those dissolve slowly in your mouth. Besides being toxic, they also taste horrible. Using nail- or superglue can make professional repairs later on impossible.

These kits usually consist of separate packets containing a powder and liquid. Commonly patients are instructed to mix these ingredients and refrigerate the solution. It can then be applied to “glue” the denture back together or to cover cracks.

It’s important that you never apply this solution to the fitting surface (inside) of the prosthesis. It’s designed to adhere to your individual palate/arch. By changing its shape, you cause your denture to no longer sit correctly. It may even cause dangerous lumps or lesions.

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FAQ

The average price for denture repair at the dentist's office is $150. Laboratory repairs will be more expensive than chairside ones. This is because the former usually require new impressions.

DIY repair kits cost about $15. Dentists advise against these solutions, as you can do more harm than good. Fixing prostheses is a difficult task that requires years of education and training.

Yes. Emergency denture repair is the best way to fix the problem. Do not try to repair your prosthesis at home if it can be avoided.

A broken denture is considered an emergency. The best course of action is to wear a spare and report to a dentist as soon as possible. If you can’t do either, you may use a denture repair kit especially designed for the purpose.

This should still be a temporary solution. Take your prosthesis to a professional when you can.

Do not use any products not meant for dentures. Superglue and other types are toxic and may cause serious consequences to your oral and general health. What’s more, you may damage your denture even more.

The best glue for denture repair is one that was designed for that purpose.

Denture relines are a type of upkeep, something every wearer should do once every year or so. It is basically adding a soft or hard material to the part of the denture that touches your palate or gums.

A reline is a great fix for looseness caused by wear and tear. It also replaces acrylic that has been worn down, making it less likely to break. The goal is to make the prosthesis fit as good as new.

A repair, on the other hand, has the aim of targeting something that has damaged your prosthesis. Those are done in emergencies, for example in the case of trauma.

References

  1. Biting strength and chewing forces in complete denture wearers - PubMed
  2. Dental Impression - ScienceDirect
  3. OTC Denture Cushions, Pads, Reliners, Repair Kits, and Partially Fabricated Denture Kits - FDA