Denture Repair for Partial Dentures: How Does It Work?

Denture Repair for Partial Dentures: How Does It Work?

Posted by SmileFresh Dental on Jun 3 2020, 01:04 AM

Regardless of the type of dentures a patient has, denture repair is likely to be necessary to maintain the appliance. While durable and reliable, these restorations are not meant to last forever, and they can sustain damage that can cause harm in the mouth. Knowing when it is crucial to repair dentures and how to identify potential problems in partial dentures can ensure proper care and longevity. Here is a basic guide on common types of damage and how the repair process works.  

When repairs are needed

In an ideal world, getting dentures would be a one-and-done deal. Unfortunately, dentures can only withstand so much wear and tear, and when they present signs of damage, a patient needs to get them repaired relatively soon. Waiting or allowing damage to continue can lead to serious problems that may warrant a replacement. It is generally not recommended to use an at-home kit for denture repair, as that could create more problems than it fixes. Replacing dentures altogether can require more money and time than getting a simple denture repair now and then. Here are common types of damage in partial dentures to catch before they cause irreversible damage.


Dentures can sustain fractures for a number of different reasons, but the most common is simply that the denture does not fit in the mouth properly. This results in grinding and biting on areas of the appliance that are not meant to handle pressure.

Impact breaks

If a denture slips from someone’s hand and lands on a hard surface, the impact can cause fractures and cracks throughout the appliance. While no visible cracks may appear at first, contacting a dentist about the drop can offer guidance on what should be done to preserve and maintain the structure of the device.

General wear

Just as natural teeth wear down over time from grinding and chewing, dentures can show signs of abrasion. Jaw structure can also change as people age, resulting in appliances that no longer fit snuggly or correctly.  

How denture repair works

Fixing partial dentures is a relatively simple process that has been common practice for dentists for years. There are three main procedures for restoration: general repair, relining, and rebasing. General repair for dentures with fractures or chipped teeth may require new casts to replace the missing area with new material. The process of relining goes a step further and reinforces the part of the denture that hugs a patient’s gums by adding more material to conform to the shape of the mouth. Finally, rebasing involves completely replacing the base material of the denture while keeping the teeth from the original denture.


When a patient realizes their partial dentures have been damaged, they should call a dentist right away for advice. A dentist can tell patients what to do with dentures in need of a fix and whether there are any helpful tips to follow while waiting for a repair appointment. 

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