Dog ate my denture, car ran over my denture …
At Atlanta Family Dentistry, we have been fixing dentures for the Smyrna, Marietta, and Atlanta communities for over 10 years. We know many things can go wrong with a denture. They seem irresistible to dogs and also seem to fall out of your purse or pocket at the worst possible time.
Can I eat with a broken denture?
It’s never a good idea to try to keep using a denture that is broken. Continuing to wear a broken denture can damage your gums and also damage the way your jaws align. This may be difficult or impossible to fix even after a denture is repaired.
As soon as you notice your denture has been damaged, it’s important to contact a dental office experienced in these services to get it fixed immediately. A dental professional will also be able to tell you if your denture can still be fixed, or if it needs to be replaced.
How often do I need to replace my denture?
If you are wearing your denture every day, chances are you will need a new one every 5-7 years. This is because the shape of your bone and gums changes underneath the denture over time. You may notice that after a few years your denture fits more loosely than it used to. You may be using more adhesive.
Sometimes this can be fixed with a small adjustment but if there has been too much change or your denture has been very badly damaged, you’ll need a new denture.
How long does denture repair take?
Dentures seem to break at the worst time: just before a wedding, an interview, or other important event. For small repairs which we complete in-house, we can turn things around in 1-3 days or over a weekend. For larger repairs which need to be sent to a dental lab, processing times may be several days to 2 weeks. After a dentist reviews your denture, we will make a plan with you to communicate when you can expect your repaired denture back.
If you or someone you know has a broken denture, don’t delay: give us a call today to schedule a consultation.