Preventing Denture Emergencies – A Helpful Guide

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At a glance: Proper denture care is crucial for denture emergency prevention. Regular cleaning, correct storage and regular dental check-ups maintain their longevity. Try to avoid hard foods, use adhesives judiciously and prepare an emergency kit. Act swiftly during a denture emergency and seek professional assistance promptly for effective resolution.

Whether you’ve recently acquired new dentures or have been wearing them for a while, you’ve made a significant investment in your oral health and overall well-being.

However, properly maintaining your dentures is crucial to ensure they last a long time and function effectively.

With over 40 years in denture repairs, denture care and maintenance, we’ll walk you through the importance of denture care here and provide valuable tips on preventing the dreaded ‘denture emergency’.

Significance of  Denture Care

Dentures are essential for restoring your ability to chew, speak and smile with confidence.  Proper, ongoing care is therefore vital to maintain their function and longevity.

Neglecting your dentures can lead to discomfort, oral health issues and, worst of all, emergencies that disrupt your daily life.

Preventing Denture Emergencies

Let’s now focus on denture emergency prevention in order to avoid issues that could compromise your oral health and overall well-being.

Definition of A Denture Emergency

A denture emergency encompasses any situation where your dentures are damaged or broken, are compromised in some way (such as fractures or missing pieces), or where the pain of an ill-fitting prosthetic becomes unbearable, necessitating immediate attention and repair.

Common Causes of Denture Emergencies

Several factors can contribute to denture emergencies, including accidental damage, wear and tear, improper care and changes in oral structure over time.

Impact of Denture Emergencies on Oral Health and Daily Life

Minor denture problems can become significant if left unattended. This could lead to a denture emergency, the consequences of which extend beyond inconvenience.

Not having access to your dentures can affect your ability to eat, speak and interact with others comfortably, thus impacting your confidence and quality of life.  Imagine going without your dentures while waiting for denture repairs!  It’s not just uncomfortable, it can be socially isolating.

We also know that untreated denture problems can exacerbate oral health issues, leading to discomfort and potential complications.

With that in mind, below are some of our top tips for denture emergency prevention and denture care, to help avoid denture repairs and the need for new dentures.

Tips for Preventing Denture Emergencies

Proactive denture care measures can significantly reduce the risk of emergencies.  Here are some essential tips to keep your dentures in top condition:

Proper Denture Care and Maintenance

We have two important tips in this area:

  1. Cleaning Techniques and Products:

We recommend cleaning your dentures daily using a soft-bristled brush and specific denture cleaner.  Avoid using abrasive toothpaste, as it can scratch the surface of your dentures, leading to bacterial buildup and deterioration.

  1. Storage When Not in Use:

When you’re not wearing your dentures, store them in a denture cleanser-soaking solution or plain water.  Avoid exposing them to hot temperatures or leaving them to dry out, as this can cause warping and deformation.

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Regular Dental Check-ups and Adjustments

Schedule regular check-ups with us here at Emergency Denture Repairs to ensure your dentures are in satisfactory condition and fit properly. The jaws and any existing natural teeth are dynamic and change over time, so dentures need to be inspected by qualified dental professionals regularly to ensure the wearer’s total satisfaction.

With over 40 years of experience and five locations around Perth, we can easily make the necessary adjustments to ensure your dentures fit snugly and comfortably. Book an appointment with us and we’ll be happy to assist with your denture care.

Healthy Habits for Maintaining Denture Stability

Here are our three top tips in this area for dental care through healthy habits.

  1. Avoiding Hard or Sticky Foods:

We always recommend being mindful of the foods you eat. Avoid biting into hard or sticky items. Instead, opt for softer alternatives to prevent accidental breakage.

  1. Using Adhesives Properly:

If you use denture adhesive, apply it sparingly and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Excessive adhesive can lead to a messy cleanup and interfere with the fit of your dentures.

Our final suggestion below is to have a readily available emergency kit.

Emergency Kit Preparation

Consider preparing an emergency kit containing essential items for temporary denture repairs.  We recommend that you include items such as denture adhesive, a spare denture case and up-to-date contact information for Emergency Dental Repairs  – we’re available for your emergency denture repair.

Handling Denture Emergencies

Despite your best efforts, unexpected problems can still occur. Here are our recommendations on what to do if you find yourself facing a denture emergency:

Immediate Steps to Take in Case of an Emergency

If your dentures break or become damaged, remove them immediately and rinse your mouth with warm water to clear any debris. Do not try to refit the denture into your mouth since doing so could cause injury and or further damage. Locate as many pieces of the denture as possible and bring them with you to your appointment so that we can make an accurate assessment.

Avoid attempting to repair them yourself, as this can cause further damage. It’s easier and safer to let us repair them for you.

Contacting a Dental Professional for Assistance

In the event of a denture emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.

At Emergency Denture Repair (EDR), we offer prompt and reliable denture services to address denture care, denture repairs and emergencies promptly.  Our team of experts is dedicated to restoring your smile and ensuring minimal disruption to your daily life.

Temporary Solutions for Common Denture Problems

While awaiting professional assistance, you can employ temporary solutions to alleviate discomfort and restore functionality.

For minor issues such as loose dentures, temporary dental adhesive can provide stability until proper denture repairs can be performed by us.

Emergency Denture Repairs – We’re Here To Help

We know that your dentures play a vital role in your daily life and caring for them properly is essential to prevent emergencies and ensure long-term satisfaction.

By following the tips we’ve outlined in this article and staying proactive with your denture care routine, you can minimise the risk of emergencies and enjoy a confident smile for years to come.

Remember, should you encounter any issues, Emergency Denture Repairs is here to provide swift and reliable assistance.  Stay proactive, stay smiling!

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