During the holiday season, many denture wearers put their teeth to the test. At this time of year you should be aware of common causes for denture chips, splits, and repairs and know how to survive if the worst happens.
Watch what you eat
While you are celebrating and indulging your sweet tooth, watch for certain foods that can wreak havoc on your teeth. Hard candies and nuts are problematic as the force needed to bite into them creates undue stress on the teeth and palate of the denture. As well, you should limit your intake of sticky foods like toffee and caramel that stick to teeth and make it difficult to chew.
Take care with older and weakened dentures
Be especially careful if your denture is older than seven years, as by that time the chewing surface has worn down, causing you to bite and chew with excessive force. Loose or ill-fitting dentures contribute to uneven stresses being placed on your dentures and can lead to splits, cracks, and breaks.
As well, if your denture has previously broken, it is wise to treat it gently so as to prevent excessive and damaging stress to the denture.
If your denture breaks…
A denture can break, chip, or crack at the most inconvenient of times. In the event that you cannot find the time to make an appointment with your Denturist immediately, the broken denture will either have to be tolerated for a while, or – if it causes serious discomfort or no longer functions – you will need to stop wearing it.
If your denture cracks, chips, or starts to feel uncomfortable during the holiday season, do not attempt to repair it yourself. You may end up causing more damage than you started with.
Keep in mind that the materials Denturists work with are very specialized and should not be added to or taken away without a Denturist’s guidance. Please note that crazy glue should never be used to patch your denture as it is not meant for ingestion or internal use.
Have a back-up plan
To save yourself the discomfort and embarrassment of enduring a broken denture (or going without it), you may be wise to save your last set of dentures for a back-up. You might also consider having a duplicate set of dentures made for just such a situation.
Call your Denturist
It is helpful to note that most breakages can be repaired by your Denturist within one hour. If your denture needs repair during the holidays, you should book an appointment to ensure a prompt repair.
Being aware of the age of your denture and special food concerns can help you to avoid compromising situations. Just remember: if the worst happens, help is only a phone call away. Enjoy the holiday season!