Although dentures undergo a lot of stress and strain in everyday use, they can be a delicate and fragile piece of equipment, and can sometimes break. However, a denture repair can be an easy fix.
In this article, we will outline some of the best ways to repair a broken denture.
Types Of Damage To Dentures
The most common damage that can occur to a denture can result from how they are handled. For example, since dentures should be handled with care there are times they get dropped or fall off of a counter or nightstand. As a result:
- a tooth can break or completely fall out of the denture
- the prosthesis can crack, fracture or snap in half
- a piece of the acrylic can break or chip off, or
- in the case of partial dentures; a metal clasp can be damaged.
Dentures can get weaker over time. After years of wear and tear, they endure many stress cycles from day-to-day usage. They also will sit differently in your jaw and your jawbone changes shape over time, creating pressure points on the denture which can cause extra stress and weaken it. On top of this, fluctuations in temperature and being exposed to acidity and constant moisture can all have an effect.
Like a lot of things, prevention is better than cure. So as such, it is important to always treat your false teeth with care to minimize the risk of any damage occurring.
How To Repair A Broken Denture
There are two main methods available to fix a broken denture:
- use a DIY denture repair kit
- visit your dentist for a professional denture repair.
You may be very tempted to do a quick repair job on your false teeth, considering the amount that dentists charge. However, one important point to note is that you have no doubt initially spent quite a lot of money on your dentures. You use them every day to eat, speak, and look your best. And you want them to work as well as possible for as long as possible. When using a DIY method, you run the risk of causing further damage to your dentures meaning that the dentist will have a more difficult job to complete the professional repair, which will cost you even more in the long run.
If the damage to a denture is in the form of a broken tooth, and you want to try a DIY method, this is a relatively easy repair. There are many products available to address various false teeth repairs and in the case of a broken tooth, even super glue can be used.
All you need to do is prepare the surface for the denture repair glue by completely washing and drying the denture and tooth fragment. Apply a small amount of the glue and attach the tooth making sure it is in the correct position. Let it dry and then you can wear the denture. We look into this in more detail below.
However, if you have cracked or fractured your denture plate, this is not as good a candidate for DIY denture repair. The denture has to be put together exactly how it was originally. If you get it even slightly wrong, it can result in issues like your bite being a little off, or a lack of suction, or rubbing and irritation.
Repair kits can be purchased at drugstores and online and can fix almost any kind of damage to dentures. This is just a common temporary fix until a professional repair can be done, although as mentioned above, some dentists advise against repair kits.
The other method is to visit your dentist for a professional denture repair. Sometimes dentists can repair your denture in the same visit. Other times they may have to send it away to the lab for repair. Dentists have access to all the correct equipment, acrylics, adhesives, and replacement teeth to give you the best result possible.
Can You Use Super Glue On Dentures?
There are quite a few people asking whether you can use super glue to fix your broken denture. I have not tried this myself; however, I was still interested in finding out whether you could fix dentures with super glue. So I have done quite a lot of research on the topic.
There are many people that say that they have had a good experience with using super glue to fix their dentures. On the flip-side, there seem to be about as many people that are against it.
Here, I will outline some of my findings & concerns that people have… then you can make your own decision:
It Is Toxic?
Many people are concerned that super glue is toxic, which is fair enough. Anyone that has been near super glue knows how strong the smell of toxic fumes can be. It is understandable that people do not want this to go into their mouth.
There are reports that the super glue is only toxic when it is in liquid form. When it is liquid, you have to be careful not to inhale the fumes. But after it hardens, the fumes are not as strong. It may also cause allergic skin reactions in some people.
Does It Work In Wet Conditions?
There have been reports that it doesn’t work as well in damp or wet conditions. From my research, people that have used super glue have reported that it is not affected by dampness. Regardless, if you do decide to try this, then you would need to ensure that your dentures were completely clean and dry before you start.
The initial fixing process is very fast (approx. 15-30 seconds); however, full curing or bonding takes around 24 hours (and is dependent on certain things like humidity, temperature, etc). Therefore, you should not be placing it back in your mouth until it is fully cured.
How Well Does It Work?
There have been quite a few reports of people being able to use super glue to fix their dentures for varying periods of time. Some reported that tit worked ok until they were able to visit their dentist for permanent fixing. Others reported that it was still working after a few years!
Other Points To Note When Using Super Glue To Fix Your Dentures
Here are a few points to note:
- It works best if the crack line up perfectly. It there are small bits missing, super glue should not be used to fill in the gaps
- The dentures need to be completely clean and dry before you make a start
- Make sure that you have a practice run before applying the glue. Because super glue dries very quickly, you want to ensure that you are confident that you will get the join right on the 1st attempt
- Apply a small amount of super glue along the broken edge of the denture, and carefully join together. As mentioned, initial bonding is fast, so it is critical that you line it up perfectly
- Even though it appears to dry quickly, give it at least 24 hours to fully bond
- Take care not to use too much glue. Excess glue can cause the denture to rub when in use, which could mean that you need professional repair work faster than you may like. The join will probably end up not as smooth as the originally unbroken denture, so if this is in an area that will rub against gums or skin, this could cause irritation
- Only do all this work in a well-ventilated area, and do not get it on your skin, clothes, or anything else valuable.
So Should You Use Super Glue To Repair Dentures?
As mentioned, there are a lot of people who have had great results from using this method, but then there are also a lot of people who are against it. At the end of the day, it is your decision.
You have to be careful with any DIY option that you do not cause more damage than has already been experienced. Remember that your dentures play a very important role in your life, so you do not want to end up with an uncomfortable set that gives you continuous grief. Also, if you end up causing more damage, the repair bill to return them to their full use, or the cost of replacement dentures, can be a lot.
Note that this is not intended to be a permanent repair job. It will never be as strong as the original denture. And it is highly unlikely that you will line it up perfectly or it will be as comfortable as the original.
Also, as mentioned, these findings are just from my research. I am not recommending that you try this method. You have to make your own decisions if you want to try using super glue to fix your dentures.
If you have any concerns whatsoever, you can use one of the more reputable DIY denture repair kits available (see below), or you can visit your dentist for a professional repair job.
However, if you have tried to fix broken dentures super glue, I’d love to hear how it went for you. Let me know in the comments section below.
Denture Tooth Repair Kits
There are a number of different commercially available kits designed specifically to temporarily fix broken dentures. While they all do a good job, their primary focus is providing consumers with an affordable and effective alternative until you can schedule a professional repair from a dental office.
Repair-It Broken Denture Repair Kit
The kit is designed to fix breaks, replace loose teeth and mend cracks.
Online reviews of this product rave about how the product works. In one instance a denture was broken in half and the denture repair glue mixture from Majestic Drug not only fixed the dentures, the repair continued to hold long after the fix.
For more information on the Repair-It Broken Denture Repair Kit, click here.
Perk Denture Repair Kit
Perk has their Denture Repair Kit with 28 Denture Teeth (Pink) which is a little more extensive than the Majestic Drug kit. It comes complete with random size and shade teeth, both an emergency and home repair kits and is promoted as being the perfect solution to a temporary fix until a dentist can be consulted for a proper repair.
Online reviews of this product are also favorable with mentions on how handy it is to have in case of an unexpected, accidental break or damage to dentures.
This product mixes into a paste that can be used to fill in breaks, cracks and applied to hold broken or missing teeth in place.
For more information on the Perk Denture Repair Kit, click here.
Temptooth Temporary Tooth Replacement
The kit includes detailed instructions on how to make the tooth with a full-color brochure of easy to follow step by step instructions. There’s also access to a 3D animated video showing a complete demonstration.
The kit has enough material in it to allow for the construction of up to ten temporary teeth.
Online reviews verify the claims by Temptooth that the quality of the product is superior and that the temporary teeth made are easy to make and shape to fit.
For more information on the Temptooth product, click here.
Is A Denture Repair Kit The Best Option For You?
Breaking or damaging a denture is no longer as serious a problem as it once was now that kits are available to temporarily repair a broken denture.
The key here is to remember that, although each of the products featured here is excellent and provide quality results, any broken denture repair should be just temporary until a dentist can be consulted and proper repairs can be scheduled. However, until that can be done, any of these false teeth repair kits can help to keep you smiling!