A broken denture is the stuff nightmares are made of. Nothing quite hurts your confidence like losing the ability to talk, eat or even smile with confidence. So if you wear dentures, take a minute to read these common causes of broken dentures and how you can avoid them. And if the worst comes to the worst? We’ve got you covered on how to fix them at home in 30mins.

Why do dentures break?

Blunt impact is a major cause of broken dentures, commonly due to them being dropped on the sink during cleaning or crunched by the family dog. Denture strength can also be worn down over time by harsh cleaning through abrasive toothpaste and brushes that wear away at the surface or warping from hot water.

Another less known reason for denture breakage is poor fitting. Even the very best dentures can loosen over time as the body suffers natural bone resorption in the jaw as it ages. This means your dentures will eventually become loose and biting down at an awkward angle could result in a surprise breakage.

How to protect dentures from breaking

It goes without saying that you should avoid dropping your dentures and you should only use safe cleaning methods. We recommend using Dr Mark’s HyGenie for this as the cage offers drop protection during cleaning and keeps dentures safe from curious pets and children during storage.

When it comes to loosened dentures, if an immediate replacement isn’t possible, you should consider using a dedicated fixative or liner like Dr Denti Sof-Grip. Sof-Grip is a soft version of the acrylic that dentures are made from, you simply spread it over the fitting surface of your denture and bite down to let it mould to your mouth. Sof-Grip acts like a cushion that keeps your denture fitting snugly and stops it rocking while you eat or talk.

How to fix a broken denture

Don’t use superglue! Superglue can permanently damage your denture to the point where it can no longer be repaired. Instead, look for an effective home denture repair kit like Dr Denti Superfix. Superfix is perfect for emergency denture repairs, it’s pre-dosed, easy to use and a full repair can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself:

Superfix is a semi-permanent repair solution. After using it we suggest you visit a dentist or clinical dental technician for a denture check-up and if you have repeat denture problems it may also be worth investing in a spare set.

We hope this post has been useful in improving your denture care. If you’d like more information on the products mentioned and where to buy them, email us at info@gapdental.com or call on 01474 560 618.