Dentures Repair or Replacement: Which Is Right for You? By Byron J Nordhus D.D.S. on May 18, 2020

Up close photo of upper denture sitting on black reflective surfaceWhen cared for properly, dentures can last up to ten years before needing to be replaced. If your prosthesis becomes damaged, it’s possible it can be repaired. If the damage is too severe, however, it may require replacement. How can you know for sure whether you need dentures repair or replacement? Our Wichita, KS, dental team explores these two services so you can be well informed about your treatment options.

What to Do if Your Dentures Break

If your dentures become damaged, the first thing you should do is call your dentist. Do not attempt to repair them yourself. Dentures are delicate appliances and any discrepancy in their fit can compromise your oral health and function. If your dentures break, here are a few things you can do before heading to the dental office:

  • Gather all the loose parts and pieces and try to locate anything that has broken off.
  • Broken clasps or wires can irritate your cheeks or gums. If this happens, purchase dental wax to cover the sharp edges until you can make it to our office.
  • If your dentures have cracked or broken in half, take them out. Soak them until it is time to transport them to the office.

Repair vs. Replacement: Factors to Consider

During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Nordhus will discuss your options with you. Sometimes, dentures break beyond the point of repair. Other times, the choices are not as black and white. Your dentist may ask you which treatment you prefer. In the sections below, we’ll explore some of the things to consider when making your decision.

Age of Dentures

The average lifespan of dentures is seven to 10 years. If your dentures are at least that old, it may be time to replace them. If you have only had your dentures for a couple of years, you will probably want to repair them instead.

Cause of Damage

Often, dentures break due to an accident, such as a drop on a hard floor. If this is the case, repair may be the best option. However, if your dentures became damaged because they fit poorly, then replacement is recommended.

Severity of the Damage

Sometimes damage is too severe to warrant repair. For example, if your appliance has broken into multiple pieces, you may need to replace it. However, if a tooth has chipped, the denture can probably be repaired quite quickly.


As with any dental treatment, it is important to weigh the pros and cons. Statistically, a repaired denture will not last as long as it did before. When you couple this with the fact that a new set of dentures will likely last much longer and offer a better fit, replacement might be the best long-term solution.

How Satisfied Were You with Your Dentures?

How happy were you with your dentures before they became damaged? Were they the most comfortable set you have ever had? If so, repair might be for you. If you were already having issues with your dentures before they broke, consider what a brand-new set could do for your oral function and appearance.

Contact Us to Learn More

Have your dentures become damaged or broken? If so, it is important to have an assessment right away. Schedule an appointment by calling (316) 721-6730. You can also contact us online anytime.

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​Dr. Byron J. Nordhus

Nordhus Dentistry

Dr. Byron J. Nordhus strives to provide the highest level of comprehensive dental care at his Wichita, KS, practice, while treating his patients like family. He uses advanced materials, treatments, and technology to make dental procedures as effective and painless as possible. Affiliations include:

  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association 

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (316) 721-6730.

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