What should you do if your dentures break? Is it time to throw them away and get new ones, or should you pay for the repairs. Here are a few factors to consider in making your decision.
If your dentures are relatively new, you might want to repair them, depending on some of the factors below. But if your dentures are approaching ten years old–or even older, you might be better off replacing them with new dentures.
The amount of breakage that your dentures suffered might determine whether you can or should repair them. If your dentures are broken into many pieces, you probably don’t have the option of repairing them, but even if you did, it wouldn’t be a good idea. If you have some minor damage like a single broken tooth or a minor chip off the denture base, then definitely repair is recommended.
In between are some damage where the entire denture base has broken in a single place. Sometimes, a repair can be an efficient, effective, and affordable option. Other times, the place where the break occurred has to bear a significant force (especially if the dentures are poorly fitting and don’t properly balance forces), and a repair isn’t likely to hold up under the strain.
It’s also important to consider why your dentures broke and whether they’re likely to break again for the same reason in the near future. Accidents can break your dentures, and a denture that gets broken in an accident–like dropping them during cleaning–is a pretty good bet for a repair. After all, unless another accident occurs, your dentures are unlikely to break again.
On the other hand, if your dentures broke because of poor denture fit, they’ll be subjected to the same forces and are likely to break again soon. Not only that–they’ll be uncomfortable in the meantime.
Cost shouldn’t be your only consideration, but it should be one of them. If repairing your denture is inexpensive, it’s definitely something to consider. On the other hand, if you’re approaching the cost of a whole new set of dentures, maybe it’s best to just replace them with new ones.
The last and possibly most important factor to consider is whether your previous dentures are worth repairing. If you were happy with the way your dentures fit, liked the way they looked, and could eat a wide variety of foods, then repairing them is a good idea.
If on the other hand you were never really happy with those dentures, then why waste money repairing them? Count yourself lucky they broke and you have the opportunity to finally get quality dentures that will be comfortable, functional, and attractive.
If you are looking for a new set of quality dentures, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a Philadelphia denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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