If you are missing multiple teeth, you may have partial or full dentures. Dentures are trays with false teeth on them that fit in your mouth, helping to make it look like you have teeth and giving you something to chew with. As your dentures are worn and used, they may develop a few issues. Here are three common problems that can occur with dentures and whether these problems can be corrected.
A Tooth Has Fallen Off the Denture
If a tooth has fallen off of the denture tray, you may be tempted to grab super glue and attempt to secure it in place yourself. However, this is something that you should never do. A tooth that has fallen off of the denture tray can be adhered back in place by a professional. However, if you attempt to glue the tooth in place yourself, you may leave behind a residue on the tray that may be damaging to the tray. If this is done, the tooth may not properly fit, which can increase the cost of replacing it.
The Denture is Cracked
If a denture has cracked, it can typically be repaired as long as the denture still has some life left in it. If the tray is older and is already wearing thin, repairs are not typically done. The crack in the denture tray is filled in with the same material, helping to conceal the crack and repair it. It is important to note that dentures are more likely to crack along a crack that has been filled though, so if yours has cracked, it may be time to start saving for new dentures.
The Denture Doesn't Fit Your Mouth Well
As you wear and use your dentures, the tray begins to wear. This can cause the dentures to not fit your mouth well. You may develop sores along your gums or it may hurt to wear your dentures. Unfortunately, this is not a problem that can be corrected. This is actually a tell-tale sign that your dentures need to be replaced. Get fitted for new dentures as soon as your current ones become uncomfortable so you don't have to live with the discomfort for long.
If you have developed one or more of these issues with your dentures, it is important to contact a dentist who specializes in denture services. They can work to repair the problem or fit you with new dentures in a timely manner, helping you to fill in the gaps left behind by missing teeth.