How to Deal with 5 Denture Emergencies

Written by silveradofamilydental on . Posted in Blog, Dental Procedures

Your dentures gave you a second chance at a full, dazzling smile. Before, you felt self-conscious when you interacted with others because you had gaps between your teeth. Now you can chew, speak, and grin with confidence.

However, you wonder about potential problems with your dentures. Or maybe you have already experienced something alarming, and you need to know how concerned you should feel.

We’ll give you the answers you need in the post below. Browse the list of common denture emergencies and use the steps provided to mitigate pain and damage. But keep in mind that you must see your dentist to fully recover from these mishaps.

1. The Denture Breaks in Half

Many factors could make your dentures shatter or break in half, including:

Gradual wear from chewing and speaking

Sudden temperature changes from hot and cold foods-the variable temperatures make the denture’s material expand and contract, leading to micro fractures that eventually expand

Improper fit after the jawbone loses mass and shrinks-the denture won’t have the stability it needs to withstand stress in this situation

Blunt force when the denture falls onto a hard surface or a strong blow connects with the face-this problem may arise while playing sports or doing other strenuous activities

When any of the above situations crack your dentures in half, you can still save the prosthetic. Simply put in your backup pair of dentures, if you have them, and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. He or she can usually mend the break.

However, your dentist cannot mend your dentures if they have multiple fractures. In that situation, he or she will fit you for replacement dentures instead.

Additionally, remember that if your backup prosthetic doesn’t fit comfortably, take this opportunity to have your dentist adjust it for you so you don’t feel miserable while you wait for repairs or replacements.

2. A Tooth Chips or Falls off the Denture

The same situations that chip natural teeth can damage dentures as well. For example, you may bite something hard and accidentally break a piece off your tooth. Or you may play tennis with your children or grandchildren, and the ball may hit your mouth and knock a tooth loose. Both of these situations count as a denture emergency.

Before you do anything else, find the tooth or the tooth piece. Repairs won’t cost as much if your dentist has a piece to reattach. Store the tooth in something secure, like a plastic sandwich bag with a seal. Then schedule an appointment with your dental office so you can restore your smile.

As you wait for your appointment, wear your backup dentures. Your primary denture’s broken tooth may have sharp edges that could cut your gums or tongue. Don’t add a secondary dental emergency to the situation and keep those sharp edges away from your mouth.

3. You Swallow or Inhale a Partial Denture

Most dental prosthetics won’t fit down your throat. However, if you have small partial dentures, they could come loose, and you could swallow or inhale them. When that happens, don’t panic-unless the prosthetic lodges in your throat, you don’t have to worry about any immediate health problems.

Instead, schedule an emergency checkup with your dentist, even if business hours have ended. You need to know if you should feel concerned about your denture’s long-term effects on your body. In most cases, the denture won’t do anything except pass through your system. However, your dentist can tell you more about your specific prosthetic. 4. The Denture Develops Sharp Edges that Cut Your Oral Tissues

Even if you don’t break your dentures, they may erode and develop sharp edges as they age. Those edges can cause cuts and expose your mouth to more infections than it would experience otherwise.

So, if something irritates or cuts the soft tissues in your mouth, take the warning seriously and see a dental care provider for an assessment. He or she will probably suggest a replacement device to keep your mouth safe.

5. You Get an Infection around Your Implants

You may have dentures that simply rest on your gums. If so, then this emergency will not happen to you. But if you use implants to anchor your prosthetic in place, pay special attention to how your mouth feels when you chew. If you notice pressure or discomfort around your implants, you may have an infection.

Infections pose a serious problem because they damage the tissues surrounding the implant, including your jawbone. To preserve your oral health, your dentist may have to remove the implant if the infection becomes too serious.

Therefore, if you suspect you have an infection, don’t wait for treatment, and don’t try to treat the problem on your own. See your dental care professionals.

If you wear dentures, watch for the emergencies listed above. As long as you know how to respond to these situations, you can keep your prosthetic and your mouth in top shape for years to come.


doctor garth harris
At Silverado Family Dental, we have a gentle touch when performing any procedure. From routine cleanings to more complex dental work, we maintain a calm and easy going attitude to make you and your family feel comfortable. We have been proudly serving our patients' needs since 2002.
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