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Hamilton Family Dentistry
Mon-Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
Mon-Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
(706) 810-2136

Does a Broken Denture Count as a Dental Emergency?

March 4th, 2021

Even though dentures aren’t your natural teeth, they still act as such. Without them, it is difficult to eat, speak, and function as you usually do. This is why broken dentures absolutely count as a dental emergency and should be delt with as soon as you can. One of the most serious complications you can encounter with full dentures is a prosthesis fracture. Your dentist shares more about the causes of broken dentures in Harris County and what you should do if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

Causes of Broken Dentures

There are numerous different ways that dentures can break. Here are some of the most common causes of denture breakage:

  • Natural Wear and Tear: No dental restorations last forever, and dentures are no different. Even though they are highly durable, if you’ve had them for many years, they will eventually start to deteriorate and need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Improper Use: Certain precautionary measures should be taken in order to make them last. If you are using them for things they aren’t meant to be used for or pushing their limits, it is possible for them to break.
  • Accidents: You never know when an accident is going to happen. Dentures can become damaged by a fall or injury.
  • Ill-Fit: This doesn’t always mean that your dentures are broken, but ill-fitting dentures still need to be delt with to prevent discomfort and other issues. This can happen as a result of bone loss or poor dental work.

What to Do with a Broken Denture

If you have a broken denture, the best thing that you can do is contact your dentist and make an emergency appointment. They will do their best to get you into the office as soon as possible so your issue can be dealt with. Even though you can find dental repair kits, it isn’t recommended that you use them. It is necessary to have proper knowledge and materials in order to properly repair a denture. You could accidently cause further damage.

Broken Denture Options

Your dentist will determine what the best solution is according to the amount of damage that your denture has sustained. Here are some common solutions:

  • Reline: If your dentures have not been fitting properly, your dentist could recommend that they be relined. This simple reshapes the underside of a denture in order to make it more comfortable to wear and fit better.
  • Replacement: When a denture is old and worn, dentists often recommend that you have a new one made that will fit you better and more comfortably.
  • Dental Implants: If your dentist determines that you are a good candidate, they may recommend that you opt for dental implant-retained dentures. This will offer greater stability and helps to prevent bone loss.

If your denture is broken, don’t wait! Call your emergency dentist in Harris County so you can come up with a solution together!

About the Practice

At Hamilton Family Dentistry, you have two skilled dentists that provide several different tooth replacement options including dentures. Dr. Alan Arrington earned his dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Rowland earned her dental degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Both dentists are members of the American Dental Association and Georgia Dental Association. For more information on dentures or to schedule an emergency appointment, visit their website or call (706) 801-4089.

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.