A partial denture can become damaged due to a number of reasons, such as eating hard foods or becoming worn over time. However, before you repair your partial, it is a good idea to know more about the different options you have so you can pick the one that best suits your needs.
Many partial dentures rely on a metal frame for stability and durability. If this portion is broken or bent, then repairing the partial can be more complicated.
In most cases, the metal frame is embedded into the acrylic base of your partial. When dealing with a frame that is bent, a denturist at a facility like The Denture and Implant Center can manipulate the metal to straighten it. Doing this will realign the partial so it fits correctly again.
On the other hand, if the metal portion breaks, the denturist will need to remove it from the base in order to repair the frame. In this situation, a better option is to purchase a new partial, since a new base will be needed after the denturist fixes the metal piece.
The acrylic base of your partial holds the teeth in place and it sits directly over your gums. If this is portion breaks, you have a few methods for dealing with the issue. In some cases, they allow the partial to fit better.
Your first option is to have the denturist glue the pieces back together. To accomplish this, the denturist will grind down any chips or sharp edges and then apply a thin layer of dental glue to the broken portions. This glue is specially designed to hold acrylic pieces together securely, so you do not have to worry about the partial breaking when you eat.
Your other repair option is to have the denturist rebase the partial. This process involves removing and completely replacing the pink portion. This option is more labor intensive, but it is the better good option when your existing partial has become too loose due to bone or tooth loss. In many cases, rebasing your partial will make it more comfortable to wear, since the new base will fit the exact size and shape of your jawbone.
Whether your partial is bent or broken, you have some options for dealing with the problem. By considering knowing more about these options, you will have an easier time choosing the right one for your dental needs.