Tenino Denture Center
MaeNell Sullivan, DPD
Denturist located in Tenino, WA
As a licensed denturist, MaeNell Sullivan, DPD, has extensive skill and expertise in repairing full and partial dentures damaged by chips, cracks, or breaks. She and her team at Tenino Denture Center provide expert care for residents of Tenino, Washington, and its surrounding communities. Don’t let damaged dentures spoil your smile. Schedule a visit for denture repair today by calling the office or booking your visit online.
Denture Repair Q & A
What is a denturist?
Unlike a dentist who treats a variety of oral health care issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease, a denturist is a dental-care professional who specializes in creating full and partial removable dentures. Whether you’re missing several teeth or all of them, a denturist is skilled at creating natural-appearing dentures that restore your smile. They’re also experts at repairing broken or misaligned dentures.
What would cause my dentures to break?
Dentures are durable but can break when dropped. Like natural teeth, they may also chip or fracture if you accidentally chomp down on something hard. Dentures are also susceptible to natural wear and tear that chewing causes.
You can help prevent damage by taking a few precautions, such as lining the sink with a towel before removing your dentures for brushing.
t’s also important that you hold your dentures firmly while brushing but avoid cupping the appliance in your palm during the cleaning process. This can cause you to squeeze the denture too tight and snap it in half. Instead, hold the denture on one side as you clean.
One of the most common causes of denture fractures or breaks is due to dentures that no longer fit. Ill-fitting dentures can occur over time as your jawbone shrinks, which causes the appliance to slip.
Biting down on a misaligned denture can result in a fracture or break. You can avoid this issue by having your dentures checked and relined periodically.
You can also prevent tiny cracks and fissures from widening further by inspecting your dentures daily and scheduling a repair at Tenino Denture Center as soon as you notice a problem.
What type of damage can you repair?
Today’s dentures are fashioned from materials that are very amenable to repair. Most damages can be fixed during one visit without any sign of the break or repair afterward.
Common denture repairs include:
- Replacing missing teeth
- Restoring chipped or cracked teeth
- Fixing dentures that have snapped in half
- Removing and replacing broken or bent wires that hold partial dentures in place
It’s important that you not try to wear a partial that has a damaged metal clasp since this can damage surrounding teeth and gums.
If your dentures need repair or are due for an exam, schedule a visit at Tenino Denture Center today. Call the office or book your appointment online.