No Time to Wait
You rely on your dentures for a number of things: They help you chew and speak better and give you a great-looking smile. So while it's true that dentures are an investment, your dental health and self-esteem are worth the expense! That's why proper denture dental care is so important; the better care you take of your dentures, the longer you can keep enjoying the benefits.
Even with proper denture care, you may still need denture repair or a denture reline at some point. Biting down on hard foods or dropping your dentures can crack the base, chip a tooth or break one. Such damage may tempt you to use an over-the-counter denture repair kit, but that could do more harm than good.
So what should you do? It's simple: See an emergency dentist. Many dentists offer same-day denture repair or emergency denture care services. In some cases, the damage may even warrant a whole new set of dentures, so it's always critical that you see a dental professional to find out what your next steps should be.
How Is Same-Day Denture Repair Possible?
Dentists who offer same-day denture repair typically have a dental laboratory and technician on-site or close by. Dental labs use special acrylics, denture adhesives and professional-grade teeth to make repairs that aren't available in a store. Lab technicians are specially trained to re-model dentures or make custom impressions if necessary.
However, it's important to note that the time it takes to repair dentures depends on the severity of damage. For example, a dentist may be able to repair a chipped tooth in a couple of hours, but a cracked base may take at least 24 hours to repair.
When it comes to repairing dentures, every dentist has different capabilities. Be sure to ask how long the denture repairs will take and what alternatives are available if you can't wait very long.
Don’t Do the Glue!
There's probably never a "good" time to damage your dentures, but breaking them late at night might put most people into a panic. Even if you feel like you can't go one day without your dentures, don't try to use Super Glue or any other type of store-bought adhesive to fix your dentures. You could do irreparable damage and wind up having to spend more in the long run.