Broken Denture: At-Home Temporary Care Measures
These temporary measures should NOT be considered substitutes for professional dental treatment. It's imperative to visit a dentist as soon as possible for proper care.
Remove the Denture:
- Carefully remove the denture from your mouth to prevent further damage or injury.
Rinse and Clean:
- Gently rinse the denture with water to clean off any debris.
- Avoid using hot water as it can warp the denture.
Inspect the Damage:
- Check where and how the denture is broken.
- Look for any sharp edges that may cause injury.
Avoid DIY Repairs:
- Do not attempt to fix the denture yourself with glue or other household products. Incorrect repairs can make professional repair more difficult or even impossible.
- DIY repairs can also create health hazards if non-dental materials are used.
- Keep the broken pieces together and store them in a safe place, such as a denture case.
- If the denture has sharp edges, wrap it in a soft cloth to avoid injury when handling.
Alternative Eating Plans:
- If the denture is essential for eating, plan to eat soft foods that don’t require much chewing.
- Avoid foods that are too hard, sticky, or chewy.
- Continue your regular oral hygiene routine, being extra careful if the denture provided support to sensitive areas of your mouth.
- If the broken denture has caused sore spots in your mouth, rinse with salt water and avoid wearing the denture.