A dental implant is one of several types of dental repair devices that are imbedded into the root bed of the jaw (mandible or maxilla) that is used to secure any number of dental prosthetic devices such as crowns, bridges, or full or partial dentures.
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Home Denture Repair Versus Professional Services
As anyone with dentures can tell you, it is not a matter of "if" they break, but "when." It also seems as if
breaks come at the most inconvenient time possible. From full or partial breaks to teeth breaking or
falling out completely, a broken denture can make life miserable. That's probably why there are so many
do-it-yourself kits on the market today. Walk in to any drugstore and you'll find a kit that claims to make
them as good as new quickly and easily. But before you attempt to repair dentures yourself, consider a
Home Denture Repair
Over the counter fix-it kits seem like a good solution if you need to patch-up your dentures and want to
avoid a dental office visit. After all, home kits are inexpensive, easy to come by and there is no waiting
involved. This makes fixing them yourself an attractive option; but an easy fix can turn into an expensive
replacement if you're not careful.
There are many things to consider when attempting to repair dentures at home. To begin with, you
should know what your dentures are made out of and which part is broken. Different materials require
different acrylics or resins and some of the acrylics used in dentures are not compatible with over the
counter kit materials. Secondly, some problems are simply beyond the scope of do-it-yourself kits. If
your dentures fit poorly, cause pain or sores in your mouth or fall apart no matter how much adhesive
you use, you are better off having them professionally repaired or replaced.
Improper mending can sometimes be worse than the break itself. A poorly fitting denture and the
chemicals used in the materials can irritate your mouth. The frustration that goes along with the mixing
and measuring involved with over the counter kits is sometimes enough to cause the do-it-yourselfer to
give up and turn to a professional for assistance.
Working with a professional service is another option. Denture repair companies offer top-quality
services. In fact, many dental offices send dentures to these same companies to make the necessary
repairs for their patients. A dental repair lab can provide a team of trained dental technicians, managers
and dentists on every repair job that comes in and uses only ADA-approved materials and supplies,
ensuring a high-quality and safe end product.
A professional repair company can handle full or partial breaks, repair a tooth or provide a replacement,
create duplicates and clean your appliance. Best of all, orders can be placed without leaving your house.
Phone and Internet orders combined with mail services means you don't even have to leave the house
to get your dentures repaired. Many of these companies offer same-day service and overnight shipping
which means your teeth are repaired and back in use in the shortest amount of time possible.
Ultimately, you need to make the choice that works best for your situation and with which you feel the
most comfortable. Dentures are a significant investment and should be maintained properly and
repaired professionally to ensure proper use and retain a natural appearance.