Custom Dental Denture Repairs
The misfortune of denture breakage is an event that can strike fear into the heart of any individual who has had this unfortunate experience. The stress compounds if you are in a work or social situation and suddenly find your smile is a tooth or two short, or worse, in two pieces. The reasons dentures break are varied, but with a little care and forethought you can reduce the chances of such a mishap.
The most common reason dentures need repairing
The most common reason dentures need repairing is because they have been dropped while being cleaned. Hard bathroom floors, sinks and taps take their toll on many a mishandled denture. When cleaning, it is wise to fill your sink partially with water or place a face cloth in the bottom. This, along with holding your denture low in the sink, will likely cushion the fall should you loose your grip while brushing.
Denture breakages that occur while in your mouth are less common
Denture breakages that occur while in your mouth are less common, but can happen at more inopportune moments. There are, however, some predictable circumstances that can lead up to this misfortune.
- Steak bones, hard candies, ice cubes, nut shells, and other such fare can test the limits of tooth strength. Let common sense dictate what you bite.
- Loose fitting dentures can lead to fractures. As your ridges shrink, dentures become less supported and are more prone to flexing while under the force of chewing. Having your teeth checked and relined when necessary will help in preventing this problem.
- Disharmony in bite relationships. As your dentures age, the way they align to one another can begin to change resulting in uneven pressure distribution. This may result in a tooth actually being popped out of a plate. Most often one of the front teeth on an upper denture. Again, a regular check up will most often identify this type of problem and preventative measures can be taken.
Diagnosis and treatment planning
Fortunately, a broken denture can usually be repaired through a process of replacing the damaged area of acrylic with new material. This bonds the denture back together. In the case where a tooth has been lost, Custom Dental Laboratory carries a fair selection of spare molds and will be able to find an appropriate replacement. Custom Dental Laboratory also provide this service in about an hour, so the inconvenience is minimal.
Key points to bear in mind should you need a denture repaired:
- Bring in all the pieces with you.
- Absolutely do not attempt to glue a denture back together yourself. Once glue has been applied to a denture, the fitting edges can become very distorted, making it difficult or impossible for your practitioner to accurately mend your plate.
Additional information regarding denture repairs can be found on our fixdentures.co.uk website.
Orthodontia, also known as orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, was the first specialty created in the field of dentistry. An orthodontist is a specialist who has undergone special training in a dental school or college after he/she has graduated in dentistry.
The history of orthodontics has been intimately linked with the history of dentistry for more than 2000 years. Dentistry, had its origins as a part of medicine. According to the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists), archaeologists have discovered mummified ancients with crude metal bands wrapped around individual teeth.
For comprehensive orthodontic treatment, metal wires are inserted into orthodontic brackets (braces), which can be made from stainless steel or a more aesthetic ceramic material. The wires interact with the brackets to move teeth into the desired positions.
Diagnosis and treatment planning
In diagnosis and treatment planning, the orthodontist must (1) recognize the various characteristics of a malocclusion or dentofacial deformity; (2) define the nature of the problem, including the etiology if possible; (3) design a treatment strategy based on the specific needs and desires of the individual; and (4) present the treatment strategy to the patient in such a way that the patient fully understands the ramifications of his/her decision.
Orthodontics was the first recognized specialty field within dentistry. Many countries have their own systems for training and registering orthodontic specialists. A two- to four-year period of full-time post-graduate study is required for a dentist to qualify as Specialist Orthodontist.