Uh-oh! Your dentures have met with an accident. Maybe you knocked their glass over or bit into something while you were eating and now they are broken. Perhaps you have heard that superglue is a good option for fixing dentures. So, is super glue a good idea for fixing dentures? The quick answer would be ‘no!’ and we’ll tell you why. Let’s discuss why using superglue for your dentures is a bad idea.
Why can’t I use superglue to fix my dentures?
The chief reason is going to be that superglue is toxic in your mouth. While it was initially introduced as a means of ‘field sutures’ and can still be used in this manner in an emergency, superglue is not intended for your mouth. Some additional reasons as to why you should not use superglue to fix your dentures are:
- Your denture materials – Consisting of acrylic and metals, your dentures are not an ideal material combination for bonding with superglue in the first place. There are better alternatives which you can stock up on for emergencies or simply obtain from the pharmacy as needed. There is really no reason to go ‘superglue’ in this instance.
- Solubility – Superglue is water soluble to an extent, which means that while you are wearing them they will slowly be leeching chemical toxins into your mouth. As no two people are alike, there is no certain answer as to what effects this might have, so it is best to leave the superglue out of your mouth.
- Alignment issues – Let’s say that you repaired them with superglue already. How o you know that you did a good job? Did you glue back in one tooth or repair a set which have split in half? Your dentist can not only repair your dentures, but they will be able to ensure that the alignment is correct. Misaligned dentures can damage your remaining teeth and cause other issues in the long run, so leave the repairs to the pros if at all possible.
- Repairable dentures may need to be replaced – If you embark on a home repair then you might find when you bring your dentures in to the dentist that professional repair is no longer an option — resulting in a need to replace them completely. If you can wait, it is best to wait, or at least use an approved denture repair option if you cannot go to the dentist.
What if I cannot go to the dentist right away?
If you cannot get to the dentist right away (and we know, it happens) then there are some more ‘approved’ options that you can employ to repair or even to replace your dentures. Some repair options that are preferable to superglue are as follows:
If you have broken a partial denture and just need a temporary tooth replacement, then Temptooth might be exactly what you need. The kit comes with moldable resin so that you can create a tooth replacement by the use of their special beads. The beads soften when placed in water so that you can shape them and once they harden, use them as a temporary replacement. While certainly not a permanent solution these might be useful in a fix.
If you are more concerned about alignment issues with your dentures then DOC Reline-it kit can help. It comes with a powder and liquid mix that creates a paste capable of repairing cracks as well as for securing loose teeth as a temporary solution. If you just need to make some repairs then this is a great superglue alternative.
If you see yourself in a camping situation and REALLY like to be prepared for any emergency, then the Lang Dental Duplicator flask is a unique and useful item. With this
“You can completely reproduce a broken set of dentures on your own.”
you can completely reproduce a broken set of dentures on your own. Mind you, there is a learning curve, so you will want to be patient and willing to practice if you decide to get one of these. They are the most expensive of our repair options.
What you should do in an ideal situation – Do not attempt repair in the first place!
Dentures can be costly and probably the best reason not to use superglue is the simple fact that you won’t only be voiding your warranty, you might render the dentures irreparable by your dental professional. If it is at all an option then this is the best sequence to follow in the case of broken dentures:
- Assess the damage – Take a deep breath, put the dentures down, and then assess the damage. Generally you will be able to ascertain if the repairs will be small or if you are going to need a replacement set.
- Resist home repair – Once you have assessed the damage, resist the idea of a ‘quick fix’. The odds are that you spent a decent amount to get a good set of dentures and any home repair attempts could end up, at best, as a quick fix that might cause you jaw pain from a misaligned bite or worse. Let your dentist decide what needs to be done.
- Contact your Dentist – Make your phone call as soon as possible to set up your appointment with the dentist. What seems like a nightmare now might actually require some fairly minor repairs and your dentist has the right toos an expertise for the job.
Some final words
Today we have discussed the reasons why you should NOT attempt to repair your dentures with superglue. Remember, superglue is TOXIC and water soluble, so if you use it then you are, in effect, slowly poisoning yourself. Resist the urge to take matters into your own hands and get your dentures to a professional. After all, isn’t your smile worth it? Now put that superglue away and call your Dentist!