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.
Many people who break their dentures think that Crazy Glue is the solution; nothing could be further from the truth! What people don’t realize is that when a denture breaks the only way for your denturist to properly repair the denture and get the broken piece(s) back in the exact location it was prior to the break is by using denture acrylic.
When Crazy Glue is used it actually creates a barrier between the two pieces of acrylic and will only hold for a short period of time. Once any saliva or liquid gets in to where the crazy glue was placed the denture will re-break. Most people will then use crazy glue again and again this will cause a further space between the two broken pieces of denture. At some point the crazy glue will no longer work to hold the denture together at all and that’s when the individual ends up at our office. We then have to explain to the person that the denture is not repairable to its original state and we can only repair the denture to where the crazy glue was holding it and at times that we cannot repair the denture at all and a new one is then required. Not to mention that Crazy Glue is not for internal use!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our office 905-459-7442.
Removable partial denture are designed to replace the loss of natural teeth whether it be only one tooth or multiple teeth (but not all the teeth) on any given arch. It will help fill in the gaps of missing teeth, maintain the position of your natural teeth, help you chew and digest your food better, and restore your appearance. Partial dentures do not harm your remaining natural teeth when designed properly; they in fact prevent your natural teeth from shifting, drifting or over growing into the spaces left by the loss of a natural tooth.
There are several material types available for partial dentures. The most stable and commonly used material is the cast metal partial. This type of dentures is very strong, light, thin and durable. The type of metal that we use in our office is a chrome cobalt alloy that is nickel and beryllium free. While it is best to use the metal clasp for stability; we do have clear or white clasps available for those that do not wish to show metal on the anterior region while smiling.
We also have acrylic partials available. The base of this type of denture is made entirely of pink acrylic and may or may not have stainless steel wires available as clasps to hold the denture in place. This type of denture requires more thickness of material as it does not have the same strength and durability as the cast metal partial. It is usually used as as transitional or immediate denture and is less expensive in cost.
For those that are allergic to either metal or acrylic partials, we have a Flexite material available. It is a nylon plastic material which is thin, light and is semi-translucent pink in colour. Though it is not as strong a material as the cast metal partial, it is a good substitute for those allergic to the other materials available.
For our partials, we have three different qualities of denture to choose from: Standard, Precision and BPS. The quality of the three different dentures is reflected in the wear and tear of the teeth themselves, esthetics, the fittings involved to ensure comfortable and properly fitting dentures and the instrumentation to do so. Please feel free to set up an appointment with one of our denturists to see which quality works best for you.
If you are a denture wearer and you have not been in to see your denturist in over a year; you should pick up the phone and schedule yourself a recall appointment.
The biggest road block we encounter at our office when trying to book patients in for their yearly recall is this statement: “why do I need to come in to see you? My dentures feel fine I’m not having any problems.”
What many denture wearers don’t realize is that there are many things we are checking for when they come in. We check the fit and function, we check the bite (the way the teeth are coming together), we check the wear pattern on the teeth from chewing foods, we do a VELscope assessment (which helps to detect oral cancer) and we make sure that they are maintaining good oral hygiene. Sometimes at this appointment minor adjustments are required for the dentures this could include tightening clasps on a partial denture. It’s kind of like maintaining a car (only sometimes we maintain our cars better than our bodies) regular maintenance keeps your dentures in peak shape and can catch potential problems before they become serious.