Common Causes Of Denture Damage

Common Causes Of Denture Damage

Breaking your dentures can be a distressing experience. Not only do you need your dentures for everyday activities such as eating, speaking, and smiling, it can make you feel upset that you broke something built to last. But don’t be too hard on yourself; broken dentures can happen to anyone. While dentures are made to be strong and durable, especially the teeth, dentures are still susceptible to breaks. The pink acrylic section of the denture that rests on the gums or the roof of the mouth in full dentures is the part that is most likely to break or crack. There are 3 main reasons a denture may crack, and there are ways to avoid damage. Remember that even if your denture does break, it can be fixed.

The 3 Most Common Reasons That Dentures Break

1. Accidental Damage
Sometimes dentures get dropped; accidents happen. While dropping your dentures doesn’t automatically mean they will break, it is a possibility. It is especially common for dentures to break if they are dropped on the hard vinyl or tile floor of the bathroom. Often when dentures are dropped, it is the pink base that breaks and not the teeth. Breaks in the teeth are more common when a person is eating something hard or attempts to use their teeth as a tool, for example, to open packaging. To avoid damage to the dentures, don’t use them for tasks other than chewing, speaking, and smiling, and put your dentures in a hard case when they are not in use. If you are soaking your dentures overnight, make sure the cup they are in is not on your nightside table. Instead, keep them in another area where there is no chance you will accidentally knock them over. When you are cleaning your dentures, do so over a towel or while standing on a floor mat so that if the dentures are accidentally dropped, they will have a soft landing.

2. Wear Over Time
Your dentures are in use every single day. Since they are in use when you eat, they are at risk of damage from several factors. The most obvious cause of wear over time is pressure; every time you chew, you are putting pressure onto your dentures which can cause the teeth to gradually erode. Eating particularly hard foods can also put your dentures at risk of cracking, just as hard foods can also crack natural teeth. But there are other reasons for wear that you may not have considered. Temperature changes can also affect the structural integrity of your dentures, as many of the foods we eat and drink are either hot or cold. Foods can also be acidic and can start to break down the dentures similar to how they break down natural teeth. The mouth is also full of moisture, which doesn’t help slow wear and tear. While some wear is avoidable, you can help your teeth by avoiding eating things that are too hard, such as hard candies or certain nuts. Eating ice is a common issue that quickly damages dentures.

3. Improper Fit
Dentures that are too loose will move around in the mouth and potentially fall out. This can lead to damage if the dentures fall out and hit a hard surface. Ill-fitting dentures also lead to an uneven bite which can lead to cracking or fractures within the teeth. If your denture fit changes, it is likely because the shape of your mouth has changed, which is completely normal for people who wear dentures. If your dentures are not fitting, take them to your denturist for a denture reline so that damages can be avoided.

Visit A Calgary Denturist For Denture Repairs

If for any reason the base or teeth of your dentures break, bring them into Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary for a reline, rebase, tooth repair, or tooth replacement. At Future Smiles Denture Clinic, we make dentures in-house to save you time and money. Performing repairs on-premises makes Future Smiles Denture Clinic your one-stop shop for all of your denture needs. If you get your dentures from Future Smiles Denture Clinic, you will receive 1 year of FREE repairs and adjustments with the purchase of a set of partial or complete dentures. To speak with the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: If my denture breaks, can I fix it myself?
A: If you need a denture repair, bring it to a trained Calgary denturist. Trying to fix your dentures yourself often doesn’t work, and many people who do attempt to fix their dentures use superglue. Using superglue on your dentures will not hold over time, as your saliva will render the superglue ineffective. Superglue and other at-home adhesives also contain toxic materials that should not be going into your mouth. Taking your dentures for a proper repair at a Calgary denture clinic is the only way to have them properly and safely fixed.

Q: What are the types of denture repairs?
A: When your dentures crack, chip, break, or are causing discomfort or bad breath, there are several ways your Calgary denturist can repair them such as:

  • Emergency denture repair services
  • Denture rebase
  • Denture reline
  • Bite adjustment
  • Same-day denture repairs

Q: I’m looking for affordable denture solutions. What options do I have?
A: At Future Smiles Dentures Clinic, we know that Calgarians are looking for low-cost, stress-free denture payment plans. This is why we offer affordable denture solutions, including direct billing and financing.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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