When you rely on dentures as your solution for missing teeth, maintaining them in excellent condition is crucial for your comfort, functionality, and overall oral health. Understanding when dentures require repair versus when a complete replacement is necessary can save you time, money, and discomfort. If you need assistance in this department, our Greater Jacksonville, FL, dentists can most certainly provide guidance.

Here are the key differences between denture repair and replacement.

When to Opt for Denture Repair

Denture repairs typically involve fixing minor damage without replacing the entire set. These are easily accomplished by our dentists and while there are DIY fixes online, most aren’t recommended as you could end up altering your full dentures or even a partial in a way that causes them to no longer fit. If you’re ever unsure of what’s gone wrong, please reach out to one of our offices and we’ll investigate further before making the necessary denture adjustments.

Common scenarios where repair is appropriate include:

1. Cracks and Fractures

Minor cracks or breaks in the denture base or a false tooth can often be repaired quickly. These repairs are not only cost-effective but also extend the life of your dentures without compromising the fit.

2. Loose Teeth

Occasionally, the teeth on dentures can become loose. This issue can usually be corrected by reattaching the tooth to the base, restoring the original function and appearance.

3. Adjustments for Comfort

Over time, your gum and bone structure may change, leading to dentures that no longer fit as comfortably as they once did. This is natural, but should still be addressed. In such cases, dentures can be relined (adding new material to the underside to improve contact with your gums), which is a simple repair that enhances comfort and stability.

When Replacement is Necessary

While repairs can address minor issues, there are times when replacing dentures is the most viable option. The last thing our dentists want is for you to go about your daily life with ill-fitting or broken dentures that barely serve their purpose. Don’t hesitate to contact our team if you find yourself in this situation! 

Several indicators that it’s time for a new set of dentures include:

1. Significant Damage

If the denture has a large break or multiple teeth are damaged, repair might not be possible or could compromise the structural integrity. Replacement becomes necessary to ensure optimal function and aesthetics.

2. Changes in Fit

More dramatic changes in your oral anatomy can sometimes make your old dentures incompatible. When adjustments or a denture reline are no longer sufficient to provide a secure fit, new dentures may be required to prevent sores and improve chewing ability.

3. Wear and Tear

Dentures typically last about 5 to 7 years before they begin to show signs of significant wear. Over time, the material can wear down, making the dentures less effective in performing their function. Replacement is recommended to avoid issues such as jaw pain, difficulty eating, and changes in facial appearance.

Making the Decision: Repair or Replace?

  • Consultation with Our Dentists -The best way to decide between repair and replacement is to consult with our team. We can assess the condition of your dentures and your overall oral health to recommend the most appropriate solution.
  • Consider the Cost – Repair is generally less expensive than replacement but consider the long-term implications. Frequent repairs might add up, making it more economical to opt for replacement in some cases.
  • Think About Convenience – While repairs can often be done quickly, sometimes even on the same day, getting new dentures is a longer process involving several appointments. Consider how your choice will impact your daily life.

Show Your Dentures Some Love

Our denture dentists serving Jacksonville, Orange Park, and surrounding areas know how important maintenance is for those who rely on false teeth. By understanding when repairs suffice and when replacement is necessary, you can take proactive steps to ensure that your dentures remain comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. Call one of our Quality Dentures & Implants locations today to request an appointment.