Denture Repairs Gold Coast

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Gold Coast Denture Repairs

At Dentures at Varsity, we provide first class denture repairs at our Gold Coast clinic, with our emergency reline and repair service ensuring your dentures are fully reconstructed and ready to be used within hours, not days.

Our Dental Prosthetists examine the extent of damage, advise you on the best possible repair solution and suggest ways to minimise or prevent such damage from happening again.

Our denture repairs are impeccably finished and provide a perfect fit, ensuring complete comfort for the wearer.

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How long will it take to get my dentures repaired?

Below is a list of approximate completion times for emergency denture repairs at our Gold Coast clinic.

All repairs for minor denture fractures or adjustments are completed in 30 mins or less. This quick repair time ensures that you can have them fixed during your lunch break or while you run errands. Bookings are not required. Simply bring them in to us and we’ll repair them for you immediately.

Standard denture repairs include those for broken or chipped dentures, dislocated teeth or shattered pieces of your dentures that can be quickly reattached. All of these procedures are completed within an hour or less and don’t require a booking. Please remember to bring all parts of your dentures when you call in.

Unlike standard repairs, complex denture repairs typically concern dentures that are unable to be easily mended. The repair process is more time-consuming due to more extensive damage. Such repairs involve a dental impression. Following this, you’ll be advised on how your dentures can be corrected. This may involve the reinforcement of the mesh in areas that have suffered degradation and become frayed or by adding extensions to provide a more precise fit. Such procedures will improve the longevity of your dentures.

If your dentures have undergone numerous repairs already, it may be in your best interests to have them replaced, rather than repaired again. If this is the case, please consult with our expert staff who will advise you on the best course of action.

If you wish to wait for your dentures to be repaired, you can do so in the calm and relaxing confines of our climate-controlled waiting room. Likewise, there’s plenty for you to see and do in the immediate vicinity at Varsity Lakes.

Knowing how to best take care of your dentures goes a long way to ensuring that they remain in optimal condition. Many dentures become chipped or cracked when they are accidentally dropped into the sink while wearers are cleaning them. Using approved cleaning products and having your dentures serviced by dental professionals helps provide best results.

If your dentures have become tarnished over time, due to food, beverages or cigarette inhalation, we can have them professionally cleaned for you and have them returned to their former pristine condition, once more.

Same Day Emergency Denture Repair Services

Need your dentures on the spot/same day by an expert? Bring your dentures in and we can fix them while you wait! Call us on (07) 55930749.

Emergency denture repairs are our specialty, working with our onsite lab, we can have your smile back to you either on the spot or same day depending on the damage.

Our onsite dental prosthetist and technician will be able to tell you all you need to know in regards to quote and time for the repair.

We understand it can be frustrating when a denture can break on the weekend, the day before work or before an important event.

Our team have your back, so there is no need to worry with our quick turn around time. Our same day denture repairs can quickly restore your smile’s sparkle.

We understand that broken dentures can hamper your daily activities and take a toll on your comfort and confidence. Our clinic ensures fast turnaround times that minimise inconvenience.

For fast and effective dental prosthetic solutions that put you at ease, get in touch with the team at Dentures at Varsity.

Why it’s important to not delay your denture repair

Even if it’s just a loosened part or hairline crack in your denture, do not brush it aside as a small issue. Many denture wearers ignore or delay smaller repair works only to find the damage become more difficult – and expensive – to fix later on.

We recommend getting in with our dental prosthetist for a check-up every couple of years to ensure your denture is fighting fit for your smile.

Even though it may be a “life or death” emergency we do not recommend a DIY approach in repairing your denture.

Leave it to the dental professionals! We will ensure the job get’s done safely and correctly. Doing it yourself most likely result in making the denture worse.

Our denture clinic is conveniently located on the Gold Coast in Varsity Lakes. A privately placed boutique practice to helping you with all your denture needs.

When Should Your Dentures Be Repaired?

Two common reasons for denture repairs are poor fit and inferior materials. When you chew food, your upper and lower teeth must align correctly to produce equal pressure while you eat. Otherwise, imbalanced pressure can destroy your dentures. To prevent this scenario, you must distribute pressure evenly throughout your dentures.

Your removable prosthesis also requires denture repairs Gold Coast if they are dilapidated and made of subpar material. If you compromise the quality of your dentures because of your budget, they may deteriorate quickly. Worse, persistent uneven chewing in your oral cavity could damage your gums, dentures, and facial bones.

If you drop them, your dentures will also require emergency denture repairs Gold Coast, causing impact fractures. Place a basin below your sink whenever you rinse your dentures to prevent this from happening.

Denture Repair Procedure: Say Goodbye to Bad Oral Hygiene

Trying to fix your dentures with adhesive or other everyday household items might prove costly and detrimental to your oral health. Instead, let our reliable and dedicated denture repair staff at Dentures at Varsity do the work for you.

Acrylic resin is a highly viscous and aesthetically pleasing substance derived from trees. Denture repair specialists reinforce your dentures with stainless steel mesh or wire to make them robust and sturdy.

They also apply cold cure acrylic to thicken your prosthesis’ acrylic resin material. Emergency denture repairs Gold Coast will add an upper or lower imprint If a customer has a missing or broken tooth. The procedure will reattach the affected tooth.

Post-Denture Repair Care Tips

Robust dentures and good oral health don’t end with repairing them—you must maintain your prosthesis so it remains sturdy for a long time. Here are several tips on how you can maintain your dentures:

  • Handle your dentures gently. Avoid dropping them or using excessive force when cleaning them.
  • Clean your dentures with soap and water daily. Avoid using toothpaste or strong cleaning solutions, as they could damage your dentures.
  • Wash your dentures to remove plaque and food particles after your last meal.
  • Soak your prosthesis in a dental care solution overnight to keep them moist and prevent them from drying out.
  • Visit your dentist for your regular teeth cleanings and checkups.

Dangers of DIY Denture Repairs

Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to repair your dentures by using ordinary household adhesives, such as superglue. Doing so is extremely dangerous to your health and can cause irreparable damage to the denture, rendering them unusable.

Dentures are designed according to the exact specifications of your gums, to help guarantee that they fit and function as intended. Making improvised changes will compromise their usefulness.

Dentures at Varsity strongly recommends expert professional dental care rather than at-home repair kits for the following reasons:

  • Inappropriate fixing of your dentures results in poor oral health.
  • Inexperienced users can only do simple repairs with at-home kits.
  • Improper mixing of materials has negative repercussions on denture repair.
  • Incorrect repairs can result in serious damage and steeper emergency denture repairs Gold Coast costs when left to a professional.
  • At-home repair kits cannot fix poor-fitting dentures.
  • At-home repair kits cannot fix dentures with missing parts.

Once your dentures have become fractured, worn down, split, or you’ve found that they no longer fit your gums correctly, do not attempt to fix them yourself.

Dentures must only be repaired by a certified dental technician. Improperly repaired and poorly aligned dentures can result in a number of complications for the wearer, including pain and poor aesthetics.

Restorative repairs that make your dentures look and feel new again

Dentures are built extremely tough, however wear and tear just like anything else in life can take it’s tole on the structure of the product. This is why it may feel like and “All of a sudden” type of event.

We can turn your emergency denture repair into a quick and easy painless process.

We offer a comprehensive range of services that cover all types of dentures, including full, partial or implant-supported dentures.

Using specialised denture repairs devices, quality materials and proven methods, our denture repair services meet the highest standards of hygiene, safety and efficacy. Our team can help you get your denture like new again in a short time.

Contact the friendly team at Dentures at Varsity today on (07) 5593 0749, the experts in Gold Coast dentures.

How do dentures become broken?

There is a multitude of ways in which dentures can be broken, ranging from the simple to the bizarre .

Generally, dentures become fractured in one of two ways:

Impact – where one hard blow results in instant breakage.

Fatigue – when the denture base is subjected to repeated stresses.

Impact Fracture

An impact fracture is usually caused by patient carelessness or by accident.

Carelessness

The most frequent cause is the denture being dropped in the sink when being cleaned.  Patients are advised to clean the denture always while holding it over a bowl of water or a towel.

These two pictures show dentures that have been chewed by dogs.

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This is a more frequent occurrence than would be expected; dogs seem to be fascinated by acrylic resin dentures. Patients who leave their dentures lying around so that dogs have access to them, can be classified as careless or very irresponsible.

Mick Champkins, a carpenter from St Leonards, relates: “My friend has two Alsatians and I heard them moving about in the night – but I didn’t expect them to take a liking to my teeth”.

One of the dogs did, however, chomp the Champkins dentures into tiny pieces. All things considered, the wedding the next day went well, though Mr Champkins has his reservations.

Accident

There is the story of the cyclist who, whilst riding down Park Street, coughed out his upper denture and ran over it with his back wheel. Also the lady at the bus-stop who sneezed her upper denture under the front wheel of the arriving double-decker bus. Most of what remained of the denture was carried off embedded in the heavy tread of the tyre.

Fatigue

The continual application of forces which are themselves too small to cause fracture directly, when applied over a long period, can cause the acrylic resin to fatigue. This is the most common cause of a midline fracture of a complete upper denture. It grows slowly at first, then the rate of growth increases greatly just before the fracture occurs.

Fatigue Fractures

May be associated with:

  1. The design of the denture
  2. Oral anatomy of the patient
  3. Its use or abuse by the patient
  4. Factors introduced in the laboratory
  5. Previous repairs

Stress concentrators due to design

A “U” shaped denture designed for patients who are unable to wear a full coverage upper complete denture because it makes them feel sick.

A close up shows an old repair line.

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Flexing around the midline may result if the posterior teeth of an upper denture are placed too far buccally in relation to the crest of the ridge.This is particularly true if the teeth are set so far buccally that they are over the sulcus not over the underlying supporting bone, each time they are brought into occlusion flexing of the palate and therefore stress, is developed at the midline.

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When the posterior teeth are made of acrylic resin, in time, they may wear to such an extent that they become wedge-shaped, creating a wedge-effect on the dentures.

This wear will develop in a characteristic way, depending on the relationship of one denture to the other.

If the upper arch is wider than the lower, the curve of wear developed causes the lower denture to act as a wedge and exert a splitting force on the upper.

However, if the lower denture is wider than the upper, the reverse occurs and the lower denture is forced apart.

Either of these two factors will be exacerbated by a badly fitting denture or by  compressible underlying soft tissue.

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When there has been resorption of the alveolar bone under an upper denture, support will be provided by the palatal bones.

When the teeth occlude the denture will flex.

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Stress fractures due to patient’s behaviour

Wear and tear

As a result of prolonged use of abrasive cleaners and vigorous brushing over many years acrylic resin will wear very thin and therefore become very prone to fatigue.

This is a very tired looking denture, ravaged by time and abrasive brushing.

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This is an extraordinary example of the consequences of long term abrasive cleaning.

A complete lower denture which has been subjected to such vigorous abrasive cleaning over many years that the lingual aspect has been worn away.

It now resembles an acrylic resin lingual bar. To avoid confusion by that illustrative statement, it must emphasised that a lingual bar is only ever made in metal, never in acrylic resin, because it would be too weak and very prone to fracture.

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This denture to the right has become bleached and very thin with long-term cleaning and wear.

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A light shone through it demonstrates just how thin it has become.

It also reveals wire and gauze used as strengtheners from previous repairs; wire and metal gauze are stress makers, they do not strengthen dentures, in fact their presence weakens the acrylic making it prone to further fracture.

It is important therefore, to remember that wire and wire gauze are not strengtheners but weakeners.

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The way that a denture is held during cleaning is very important.

If it is held between finger and thumb like this each time it is cleaned, then over a period of time stress will develop at the midline.

This is particularly true of a lower partial denture with bilateral free ended saddles.

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This composite photograph demonstrates how NOT to clean dentures.

Advice on cleaning dentures is often sought by patients so it is worth memorizing.

  • Do not clean dentures over an empty sink.
  • Do not hold the denture by squeezing between a finger and thumb.
  • Do not use a hard nylon nailbrush only a small-headed soft toothbrush.
  • Do not use coarse abrasive domestic cleaners like GLITTO or the modern equivalent abrasive creams.
  • Do not use concentrated domestic hypochlorites like PARAZONE or DOMESTOS. They are highly concentrated bleaching agents.
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Factors introduced in the laboratory

The wax base of the trial denture too thin.

During the packing of the acrylic into the processing flask:

  1. Introduction of voids into the material by careless packing.
  2. Contamination by dust or plaster fragments.
  3. To give character to the pink acrylic gumwork, coloured nylon fibres are included in the polymer. If the container housing the polymer is not well shaken before pouring, the fibres can become concentrated in small areas and become stress concentrators.
  4. Porosity due to the production of bubbles of gas when the correct processing procedures are ignored. The presence of nylon fibres and porosity can be shown when a very thin layer of self-curing acrylic resin is polymerised at water-bath temperature and atmospheric pressure, then photographed close-up, with a light shining through it.
  5. Incomplete Polymerisation occurs when the correct curing-cycle is ignored and can result in the strength of the denture base being reduced. Over zealous polishing of the finished denture by the technician can result in a thin denture base.

It was mentioned earlier that the insertion of metal gauze does not strengthen but weakens acrylic resin dentures.

Some laboratories routinely insert these so-called strengtheners when repairing broken dentures.

Here is a further example of a repaired denture which was strengthened by using wire gauze. It has fractured again.

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