How To Tell When Your Denture Is Worn Out

Many patients arrive at our office with broken dentures that have completely worn out and should have been replaced several years before.  When we look at a broken denture we look at the colour of the acrylic (which gives us an indication of the age of the denture; when a denture is getting older the acrylic can become brittle and break), the wear and tear on the teeth (if they are missing anatomy and are flat then the denture is worn out), also we examine tooth placement; if the teeth are not positioned directly over the centre of the ridge this causes stress on the denture (which can cause it to break).  At times a patients denture will put them in what’s called a locked occlusion preventing their lower jaw from properly moving in all directions.  These are just some of the things that we look at.  Since the posterior (back) teeth do all the grinding, they become worn out at a quicker rate then the anterior (front) teeth.

When a denture has one or several of the above this is an indication that the denture should be replaced.  If you continue to wear a denture that has met it’s life expectancy it can start to cause health problems such as digestive issues or jaw pain, neck aches, headaches, shoulder aches, or back pain just to name a few.  (You should not only get your dentures checked if experiencing these issues but also consult with your medical doctor.)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and you would like to have your dentures assessed please contact our office 905-459-7442.




Fiber Force reinforcement for dentures

Fiber Force is a very strong reinforcement material used in dentures to help give them strength.  It is very esthetic, comfortable and light; in comparison to other reinforcements like cast metal.

Our office did our own experiment and were VERY surprised at the results;  we took two dentures made for the same patient, one with a cast mesh (metal) reinforcement and one with fiber force out to the back of the office, to see for our selves which was truly stronger.

We used a metal headed hammer on both: the first denture with the metal reinforcement took one hit from the hammer and it snapped in half.  The other denture with the fiber force took 10 hits before it started to break.  All of the teeth had come off the denture but it was still in tact.

This was very surprising to us as you would think that the metal would have been stronger; but being that it was harder made it brittle allowing it to break very easily.

If you think you may need to have a reinforcement placed in your denture; or if you have any questions regarding this service or product,  please visit our website or contact our office      or 905-459-7442.