The American Dental Association estimates that at least 90% of people suffering from tooth loss own dentures. For dementia patients and their caregivers, broken dentures can be a worst-case scenario. Depending on the type of damage, your dentures may or may not be able to be repaired. Here’s how to tell if your denture can be repaired.
Can The Dentures Be Repaired?
Scenario #1: The Denture is in Multiple Pieces
If the denture is fragmented into multiple pieces, it may be able to be repaired if you do not lose any of the parts. Collect the pieces and place them in a clean container as soon as the break happens. Call Geriatric House Call Dentistry as soon as possible to get them repaired. Never glue the denture back together yourself. If you glue the denture, it can’t be repaired, and you will have to have the dentures replaced.
Scenario #2: There is a Build Up of Dirt and Rocks on the Denture
If your loved one’s dentures look rocky or dirty, they are likely caked with calcium deposits. This repair is nothing to worry over at all. All you have to do is call Geriatric House Call Dentistry. We will come to the patient’s home and remove the calcium deposits on site.
Scenario #3: The Inside of the Denture is Deteriorating or Peeling
This is a common problem for patients who have had their dentures readjusted. Patients who have lost weight may need their dentures relined if they become loose. The reline substance used to make the dentures fit properly will begin to peel over time. Reline typically only lasts a year or two. If the dentures are peeling, it means they are due for another reline.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Geriatric House Call Dentistry Treat Dementia Patients?
Geriatric House Call Dentistry treats patients with all types of dementia. We have the experience needed to work with patients with cognitive disorders, and we are committed to providing the best dental care for the elderly.
Do I Have to Pay In Full Before the Repair?
Our dentists are committed to providing high-quality dental services to geriatric patients. We honor our commitments, and therefore, all denture repairs must be fully paid for in advance.
Can Anyone Use a Denture Lab?
No. Only certified and licensed dentists can access a denture repair lab. We will remake the dentures for the patient and ensure they fit just like the old ones or better.
Call Geriatric House Call Dentistry for Denture Repairs
If your loved one’s dentures are broken, the compassionate dentists at Geriatric House Call Dentistry can repair them without you having to leave home. Simply give us a call, and we will pick up the broken dentures, repair them in the lab, and return them to your door. We are one of the most trusted dentists in New York City, Long Island & Chicago and we proudly serve dementia patients.