355 Fifth Avenue, Suite 624
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Denture Repair Pittsburgh
Denture Express understands that accidents can happen at any time and no one wants to wait to fix their smile. That is why we offer weekday, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate anyone’s schedule. We will even visit senior citizens at their home or wherever they reside in the Pittsburgh, PA area. We want to take care of that smile whenever and wherever you need us.
If you have a denture emergency, don’t panic! Call us now (412) 261-1010 for your free denture consultation today!
Denture Express’ Emergency Denture Repairs
Depending on the type of damage, most dental repairs can be done quickly inside of our in-house denture lab. We understand the embarrassment of being seen without your teeth, which is why we will work efficiently to get you smiling again as soon as possible. We also make it as affordable as possible, with repairs starting as low as $25!
Quick & Effective In-house Repairs
Dentures can break or chip for many reasons and it is important that they are fixed a.s.a.p. Dentures repairs require a precise repair process that begins with a thoroughly cleaning that includes soaking them in specialized cleaning agents.
Either by using the broken denture model or by taking a new impression, our experienced dental technicians will then pour a plaster model, grind down the broken surfaces, and mix new acrylic to fill in any of the missing pieces. This is followed by curing them in a pressurized curing unit before they are trimmed and cleaned. Your dentures will also be thoroughly cleaned a second time before they are returned to you.
Dentures Won’t Last Forever
Dentures are meant to last 5 to 7 years and should be relined after 4 years. The more often that you visit a dentist and have ultrasonic cleanings, the longer they will last. We personally recommend purchasing dentures make with an unbreakable denture base made from Lucitone 199 to reduce the chance of breakage. Satisfaction is guaranteed with all of our new dentures, which is why we include a written warranty.
Problems with loose fitting and broken dentures are a common occurrence even if they are not very old. Our mouths are constantly shifting and moving, which results in natural wear and tear. A chip or a missing tooth can result in severe pain and serious health issue. That is why we offer same-day service. We repair your dentures quickly, so you don’t have to deal with a broken smile for very long. Our repair and cleaning services will also extend the life of your dentures and restore them back to their original fit and performance.
We will explain all of your options in detail, as well as show you before and after images to visually demonstrate the end result. We want to make sure you are completely comfortable with both the work and the price before we proceed. Our first concern is giving you back your smile as quickly and as affordable as possible.
The Denture Express Denture Center, located in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA employs a team of Dentists and Dental Lab Technicians who work on-site in our comprehensive Dental Lab which allows us to make denture repairs, denture relines, denture adjustments and partial denture repairs while you wait. Why should you wait for days to have your denture repaired? In a regular Dental Office the Dentist mails your denture to a Dental Laboratory, adding mark-up and time fees. At Denture Express we eliminate the middle man and costly fees and time associated with typical Dentistry. We also provide a same-day-denture, (one day denture) and flipper partial dentures. Denture Express uses state-of-the-art dental equipment and top quality dental materials and denture repair products to repair your denture. At Denture Express denture repairs, denture relines, denture re-basing, and denture adjustments are all made in our Downtown Pittsburgh (Pgh.), PA, Pennsylvania Denture Repair Center. Call now for your appointment for any dental appliance repair. (412) 261-1010.
Denture Express has been providing Pittsburgh, PA, Allegheny County, and all surrounding areas with expert denture repair service since 1985. The Denture Express Dental Lab is stocked with the latest advancements in dental and denture technology and we are equipped to handle any denture emergency; fast, efficiently, and with expert precision. We control the quality of craftsmanship in our Dental Lab by only using materials manufactured in the United States to ensure your safety and health. We always guarantee your patient satisfaction with a written warranty. This is our promise to you!
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Accidents happen... A denture is like anything breakable. Your denture could break at anytime, anywhere, and unexpectedly! Broken dentures are inconvenient and embarrassing. People are usually prepared for unexpected emergencies by having a spare tire, an extra set of eyeglasses, and so on, but they rarely possess a spare denture. Are you prepared for such an emergency? Prevent this nightmare and purchase a spare denture today! Spare dentures are extremely affordable, they only take 3 days to make, and we only need the original denture for a matter of minutes to get the process started in our lab. Order your spare denture now and avoid the embarrassment of not having a denture because yours is unwearable and broken.
Emergency denture repairs
Denture repairs can generally be done quickly. It depends on what is required to repair your dentures. We recognize the embarrassment of being seen without your teeth so we will repair them as fast as possible, but we must follow the Infection Control guidelines for everyone's benefit.
Dentures usually break for a reason but persisting with old dentures well beyond their use by date is one of the main causes. Dentures should be relined after 4 years and replaced after 8 years and sometimes even less, depending on your teeth grinding habits.
Dentures repairs require a specialized repair process. Before we can touch them (and after the repair), the denture must be thoroughly cleaned and soaked in appropriate cleaning agents.
Using the broken denture as a model (or in some cases we need to take an impression), we pour a plaster model, grind the broken surfaces, mix new acrylic and pour it into the join. They then need to be cured in a pressurized curing unit. Once cured they are trimmed, polished and cleaned.
Denture pieces are put together with sticky wax and index. A separating medium is applied and a stone model is made. Denture is ground along the fracture for better retention. Acrylic is added, cured, smoothed, polished and sterilized.
We recommend purchasing a denture with an unbreakable denture base made from Lucitone 199. We include a written warranty and satisfaction guarantee with all of our new dentures. You may also consider having us make a spare denture or duplicate denture for you. Surprisingly, spare dentures are extremely affordable and will prove to be invaluable to you in many situations.
Denture problems are a common occurrence, no matter what the age may be. Broken, missing and unkempt teeth give rise to several painful dental health issues. We all can ensure ourselves safety from excruciating dental pain if we take charge of our dental health before issues develop.
There are a lot denture services in the city that commit quality services at an affordable cost. However, it is not the case when it comes to facts. People are charged more money compared to the quality and worth of services rendered to them. In certain instances, people have resorted to availing highly expensive services because of factors such as quality servicing and effective results.
However, there are a few dental institutions that would offer you high quality services at affordable rates. Our Denture Repair Lab is one such institution that believes in delivering the best services at very reasonable costs.
“Denture repair is our most sought after service because we know how to give the best denture repairs to our patients. We offer the services at the same day so you do not have to spend another day without teeth. The major causes of needing denture repairs are excessive wear, improper handling and distress. Denture repairs services extend your denture life and restore the denture functions efficiently".
There are various options of Denture Teeth Repair including Denture Glue Removal, Dental Metal Reinforcement, Duplicate Dentures, and Professional Denture Cleaning.
On the other hand, the Partial Dental Repair is also one of the most highly demanded services. It includes Partial Denture Glue Removal, Partial Denture Metal Reinforcement, Duplicate Partial Denture and Professional Partial Denture Cleaning.
Clients can also visit the website to see before and after images in the gallery for each of the service. This will help them make the decision once they know what they will get for their money.
About denture repair
Denture Express is an established name among dental servicing companies. It provides different dental services including Dental Repairs, Partial Repairs, Flexible Repairs, Teeth Repairs, Cleaning, and Duplicate Denture. The company provides services in all U.S cities and some other locations. During the past years, the company has been able to earn a solid reputation for their unmatched services and affordable costs. The Customer Support Teams are known for providing detailed and informative responses with positive attitudes.
How do you wear a removable partial denture?
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments. Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps. Consult with your dentist to find out which type is right for you.
How long will it take to get used to wearing a denture?
For the first few weeks, your new partial denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice. Follow all instructions given by your dentist. Your denture should fit into place with relative ease. Never force the partial denture into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps.
How long should I wear the denture?
Your dentist will give you specific instruction about how long the denture should be worn and when it should be removed. Initially, you may be asked to wear your partial denture all the time. Although this may be temporarily uncomfortable, it is the quickest way to identify those denture parts that may need adjustment. If the denture puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot will become sore. Your dentist will adjust the denture to fit more comfortably. After making adjustments, your dentist will probably recommend that you take the denture out of your mouth before going to bed and replace it in the morning.
Will it be difficult to eat with a partial denture?
Replacing missing teeth should make eating a more pleasant experience. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You may want to avoid chewing gum while you adjust to the denture.
Will the denture change how I speak?
It can be difficult to speak clearly when you are missing teeth. Consequently, wearing a partial denture may help. If you find it difficult to pronounce certain words with your new denture, practice reading out loud. Repeat the words that give you trouble. With time, you will become accustomed to speaking properly with your denture.
How do I take care of my denture?
Handling a denture requires care. It's a good idea to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water just in case you accidentally drop the denture. Brush the denture each day to remove food deposits and plaque. Brushing your denture helps prevent the appliance from becoming permanently stained. It's best to use a brush that is designed for cleaning dentures. A denture brush has bristles that are arranged to fit the shape of the denture. A regular, soft-bristled toothbrush is also acceptable. Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage the denture.
Your dentist can recommend a denture cleaner. Look for denture cleansers with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
Some people use hand soap or mild dish washing liquid to clean their dentures, which are both acceptable. Other types of household cleaners and many toothpastes are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures.
Clean your dentures by thoroughly rinsing off loose food particles. Moisten the brush and apply the denture cleaner. Brush all denture surfaces gently to avoid damaging the plastic or bending the attachments.
A denture could lose its proper shape if it is not kept moist. At night, the denture should be placed in soaking solution or water. However, if the appliance has metal attachments, they could be tarnished if placed in soaking solution. Your dentist can recommend the proper method for keeping your dentures in good shape.
Will my denture need adjusting?
Over time, adjusting the denture may be necessary. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a loose-fitting denture. Dentures that do not fit properly should be adjusted by your dentist. Loose dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections. See your dentist promptly if your denture becomes loose.
Can I make minor adjustments or repairs to my denture?
You can do serious harm to your denture and to your health by trying to adjust or repair your denture. A denture that is not made to fit precisely by a dentist can cause irritation and sores. Using a do-it-yourself kit can damage the appliance beyond repair. Glues sold over-the-counter often contain harmful chemicals and should not be used on a denture.
If your denture no longer fits properly, if it breaks, cracks or chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose, see your dentist immediately. In many cases, dentists can make necessary adjustments or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs may require that the denture be sent to a special dental laboratory.
Must I do anything special to take care of my mouth?
Brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth daily help prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease that can lead to tooth loss. Pay special attention to cleaning teeth that fit under the denture's metal clasps. Plaque that becomes trapped under the clasps will increase the risk of tooth decay. Your dentist or dental hygienist can demonstrate how to properly brush and clean between teeth. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important.
How often should I see my dentist?
Your dentist will advise you on the frequency of dental visits. Regular dental check-ups and having your teeth professionally cleaned are vital for maintaining a healthy smile.
How can I fill the gap?
A bridge, a device used to replace missing teeth, attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges can be applied either permanently (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth—to provide support for artificial teeth—or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth by either metal clasps or by precision attachments.
Understanding what to do with a broken denture - denture repair
Even though dentures are fabricated from extremely durable materials, they will break, wear out, a tooth will come out, or their fit will change. Then it's time for a denture repair.
Accidents happen, dogs still like to chew on plates of the dental kind, and trash compacters have never taken kindly to dentures. In fact, it is frequently not a matter of “if,” but rather a matter of “when” a denture will become broken, lost, or damaged beyond repair.
One can be assured that a problem will happen when least expected, and immediate, usually important, plans definitely will be altered unless a person is prepared.
Damaged denture - how to expect the unexpected and be prepared
A short-term use duplicate denture will bridge the gap while a regular denture is being repaired, renovated, or replaced. Sometimes this type of denture is referred to as an “embarrassment denture” because it helps a person avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth in an emergency or during planned denture maintenance.
Broken denture repair - duplicate dentures
While this type of denture may be made at any time from an existing functional denture, it generally is fabricated immediately after a new denture is made. The embarrassment denture is neither as accurate nor as esthetic and durable as the original, but it is adequate and only meant for short-term use. The cost is generally considerably less than the original denture.
Such an interim prosthesis may be relined annually and adjusted in advance to fit the current changing shape of an individual’s jaws, and therefore be ready to use at a moment’s notice.
However, some individuals choose to have their embarrassment denture relined and adjusted only when they need the short-term denture. Following this latter course means that they will have to wait to wear their interim denture until an appointment can be scheduled with a dentist to complete the reline and any adjustments. But a reline for an embarrassment denture can be done in the dentist’s office during a single appointment so a patient may leave with it refitted in the mouth.
In either case, a person would not be without a prosthesis while their regular denture is being worked on.
The embarrassment denture facilitates planned periodic maintenance
All dentures need to be periodically relined to accommodate the constant change in shape of a person’s jaws. There are also times when the plastic body of a denture needs to be changed due to deterioration, or the entire denture replaced because of wear or poor fit from changing mouth conditions that can no longer be remedied by relining.
While relines can be completed in one appointment office visit, more durable relines may require that a dentist keep a denture for several days. Replacing the plastic body of a broken denture (called a rebase) takes several days and making a replacement denture takes several weeks.
It becomes easy to see how an embarrassment denture would solve being without one’s regular denture for a period of time, even for planned maintenance, while getting on with one’s life.
Proper denture care is important for both the health of your dentures and mouth. Here are some tips:
Handle dentures with great care. To avoid accidentally dropping them, stand over a folded towel or a full sink of water when handling dentures. Brush and rinse your dentures daily. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food and plaque. Brushing also helps prevent the development of permanent stains on the dentures. Use a brush with soft bristles that is specifically designed for cleaning dentures. Avoid using a hard-bristled brush as it can damage or wear down dentures. Gently brush all surfaces of the denture and be careful not to damage the plastic or bend attachments. In between brushings, rinse your dentures after every meal.
Clean with a denture cleaner. Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid can be used for cleaning dentures. Household cleansers and many toothpastes may be too abrasive for your dentures and should not be used. Also, avoid using bleach, as this may whiten the pink portion of the denture. Ultrasonic cleaners can be used to care for dentures. These cleaners are small bathtub-like devices that contain a cleaning solution. The denture is immersed in the tub and then sound waves create a wave motion that dislodges the undesirable deposits. Use of an ultrasonic cleaner, however, does not replace a thorough daily brushing. Products with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance are recommended since they have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
Denture care when not being worn
Dentures need to be kept moist when not being worn so they do not dry out or lose their shape. When not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. However, if your denture has metal attachments, the attachments could tarnish if placed in a soaking solution. Your dentist can recommend the best methods for caring for your particular denture. Dentures should never be placed in hot water, as it can cause them to warp.
Can I repair my dentures?
You can seriously damage your dentures and harm your health by trying to adjust or repair your dentures. A denture that is not made to fit properly can cause irritation and sores. Contact us if your dentures break, crack, chip, or if one of the teeth becomes loose. We can make the necessary repairs on the same day. A person who lacks the proper training will not be able to reconstruct the denture. This can cause greater damage to the denture and may cause problems in your mouth. Glue sold over-the-counter often contains harmful chemicals and should not be used on dentures.
How can I be prepared for a denture break and avoid being without teeth?
Even though dentures are fabricated from extremely durable materials, they will wear out, break, or a tooth may pop out. In fact it is frequently not a matter of “if” but of “when” it will become broken, lost, or damaged beyond repair. One can be assured that a problem will likely happen when least expected! Spare duplicate dentures can bridge the gap of being without a regular denture while it is being repaired.
Do I need spare dentures?
Duplicate denture is an exact copy of the original denture - same size and same shape. The shade of the duplicate denture gum area and teeth shade may slightly be different than original denture. Use of tea, coffee, nicotine, many denture cleaning solutions, and other factors cause discoloration to denture material and teeth over the time.
Should I use a denture adhesive?
Denture adhesive can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. Denture adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores. These dentures may need a reline or need to be replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, consult with your dentist immediately.
How long should I wear my dentures?
Your dentist will provide instructions about how long dentures should be kept in place. During the first few days, you may be advised to wear them most of the time, including while you sleep. After the initial adjustment period, you may be instructed to remove the dentures before going to bed. This allows gum tissues to rest and promotes oral health. Generally, it is not desirable that the tissues be constantly covered by denture material.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped even a few inches. Stand over a folded towel or a basin of water when handling dentures. When you are not wearing them, store your dentures away from children and pets. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. Brushing helps prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and helps your mouth stay healthy. It's best to use a brush designed for cleaning dentures. A toothbrush with soft bristles can also be used. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes that can damage dentures. Some denture wearers use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid, which are both acceptable for cleaning dentures. Avoid using other powdered household cleansers, which may be too abrasive. Also, avoid using bleach, as this may whiten the pink portion of the denture. Look for denture cleansers with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness. The first step in cleaning dentures is to rinse away loose food particles thoroughly. Moisten the brush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage. Dentures may lose their shape if they are allowed to dry out. When they are not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. Never place dentures in hot water, which could cause them to warp. Ultrasonic cleaners are also used to care for dentures. However, using an ultrasonic cleaner does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
How often I should replace my denture?
Over time, dentures will need to be relined, rebased, or remade due to normal wear. To reline or rebase a denture, the dentist uses the existing denture teeth and refits the denture base or makes a new denture base. Dentures may need to be replaced if they become loose and the teeth show signs of significant wear. Dentures become loose because a mouth naturally changes with age. Bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, causing jaws to align differently. Shrinking ridges can cause dentures to fit less securely. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections. A loose denture also makes chewing more difficult and may change your facial features. It's important to replace worn or poorly-fitting dentures before they cause problems.
Must I do anything special to care for my mouth?
Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your dentures. This removes plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important for maintaining a healthy mouth.
Should I soak my denture?
Some people prefer to soak their dentures in a denture cleaning solution although it has been proven that brushing with a denture cleaning toothpaste is better than soaking alone. It is a personal choice, but if you do soak them, use a known brand tablet or powder with warm water. If your dentures have got metal parts, do not soak them for more than 10 minutes, and remember that continued soaking in hot water can bleach or discolor your dentures. Most soaking brands recommend brushing as well as soaking to ensure debris and plaque are physically removed.
My dentures are loose... what should I do?
As the years pass, the tissue and bone may shrink slightly. As this happens your dentures will then loosen. Also, as you lose or gain weight, you may notice that the denture may loosen. Dentures can be relined to help them fit snug again. However, if their bases are too far gone, you may need to get a new denture. If your denture is more than a year or two old and you are using Fixodent everyday... your dentures are too loose and you could benefit from a reline. Relines are usually done same day and should be done every couple of years.
Should I wear my denture at night?
Under normal circumstances it is considered best to remove them at night. Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during either the day or night allows the gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of gums.
What causes dentures to break?
Dropping them is the number one reason for breakage. Dentures often crack from dropping them and then come apart later during eating, sometimes the softest foods or even during drinking. There are different grades of dentures that are made from high quality, high impact materials that will not break nearly as easy. Loosely fitting dentures also have a tendency to break easier during eating. Age can also cause dentures to weaken and break. Pets also love to chew dentures apart; keep them out of reach.
Are dentures affected by over-the-counter and prescription medicines?
Drugs can affect denture fit and wear ability. Some drugs can reduce the supply of saliva in your mouth, making it difficult to chew and swallow. You probably answered questions about medications on your first visit to your denturist, but it is important to inform your denturist if your prescription changes or if you have added a new medicine to your regular medications. Read the information sheet that is available for most drugs to learn about any side effects that may affect your dentures. Talk to your doctor if you think the medication is causing difficulty with your dentures. In addition, regularly scheduled visits to your dentist; where you can ask about these conditions or any other change in your dentures or mouth will help keep you in tip-top oral health.
How long do dentures last?
Dentures are likely to need replacing every five years, because the shape of the mouth continues to change throughout life.
Can I repair my own denture?
Even if you are skilled at repairing cars or in the woodshop, do not attempt to adjust or repair your dentures yourself. Improperly relined dentures can cause increased pressure on the jaw resulting in rapid loss of jawbone. Do-it-yourself reliners can irritate the soft tissue of your mouth. Worst case scenario, this do-it-yourself approach may cause irreparable damage, resulting in the need for an expensive set of new dentures.
What are dentures made of?
Acrylic - not bendable plastic which is usually colored to resemble the oral gum tissues. Metal - chromium cobalt or titanium alloy frame usually combined either with acrylic or flexible material. Flexible - bendable resin, usually used on partial dentures or in combination with metal frames with flexible clasps*
* Clasp - a metal or flexible arm that extends from a removable partial denture. It helps to hold on to a partial tooth structure and thus provide anchorage for the denture.
Can I glue my denture with super glue?
Glues often contain harmful chemicals and are not effective in the proper repair of dentures.
Should I use a fixative?
For short periods of time or special occasions, when extra confidence is needed, denture fixatives are useful. After use make sure that you remove all traces of fixative from both the denture and your mouth. In the long term, if dentures feel loose it is a first sign that you need a reline.
What if I have a metal denture?
Some commercial cleaning products can damage metal dentures. If your denture has clasps, you need to take particular care when cleaning to avoid damage.
How often should I clean my dentures?
It is important to treat your dentures like you would treat your natural teeth. They should be kept as clean as possible to prevent further tooth loss, inflamed gums, or bacterial and fungal infections. We usually recommend that you clean them thoroughly twice a day, and after eating when necessary.
Is there anything I should avoid?
It is important not to use any type of bleaching product to clean your dentures. Bleaching can lead to weakening of the denture as well as making it look unsightly. Do not use very hot water to soak the denture. Again, it can weaken the denture causing it to break.