Super Glue: Do It Yourself Dental Repair Projects
Nearly everyone who has been a long term denture - partial wearer has either been concerned
about potential breakage or has experienced it directly. Reconstructive components can fail, and usually do, at the worst times.
Super Glue Bridge Repair
Super glue products don't work well for repairing bridges.
As can be seen in the photo, this patient, a young female business executive with a busy schedule, relied on the magic of super glue or crazy glue products to repair the anchor teeth and cementation surfaces that her bridge was affixed with.
Leakage and decay of cemented bridge anchor teeth is a primary cause of bridge failure and can cause rapid deterioraton of nearly any bridge product. Predictably, an untreated leakage issue on an anchor tooth can cause the entire tooth and root to fail, thereby requiring an extraction.
We can at least credit her with the creativity and ingenuity to perform a home repair... but when the bridge was finally removed (actually it just fell out) there was substantial evidence that the glue product leeched deep into her gum tissues.
The patient has since been successfully retreated with a rock solid implant supported fixed bridge.. no more cemented products.
Home Brew Denture Repair
Dentures and partials too, can crack, break or lose a tooth at the most inconvenient times.
Many denture patients try their hand at home style repair work using the popular super or crazy glue products that are available everywhere.
Although quite handy for a repair, these industrial grade cement products could potentially cause toxins to enter the blood stream and may also cause unusual allergic reactions.
Use Approved Cements
Partials probably have a tendency to crack, break or otherwise fail more so than a regular denture. The design characteristics of a partial can cause failures to occur in specific areas of the prosthetic, as represented in the adjacent photo.
Natural biting forces and the long term aging of this partial caused failure in a predictable region. The patient's attempt to fix it with a super glue type product did a credible job of attaching the two sections of acrylic back together.
The characteristics of the cemented edges and specific location of the break caused the glue joint to function more as a bendable hinge. Note how the denture teeth flare outwards.
Moreover, the fragile nature of the overall repair prevented the patient from performing normal daily cleaning of the prosthetic. Contaminants and particulate matter can be seen to accumulate in several locations.
Planning for the Unexpected or Inconvenience
A prudent measure for using a spur of the moment repair solution is to have a few denture repair supplies handy. Since some glue products could be incompatible with the different types of acrylic formulations use in popular denture and partial prosthetics, using a proven repair product can make good economic sense.
Two popular products are listed below that are commonly available through internet resources and large drug stores or pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy. FDA approved, these repair kits offer safe products for use in repairing a minor crack or break, and can even replace broken teeth in some situations.
Considering the cost and easy availability, having a couple of kits (one at home - one for the road) handy would seem to be the prudent thing to do.... rather than rely on a "forced" use of an alternative that could further damage dental components.
Den-Temp Denture Repair Kit
This patented kit comes with professional replacement teeth.
Contains 6 upper and 6 lower replacement teeth, so you can easily repair broken dentures.
Also includes professional denture acrylic resins, bonding adhesive, eye dropper and sanding abrasive.
Cost? About $20.00
Den-Sure Denture Repair KitFDA compliant product to fix breaks, mend cracks and replace loose teeth.
For Acrylic dentures only. Safe and easy-to-use, anyplace. For emergency repair only.
Long term use of an improperly repaired denture may cause serious problems.
Patients are advised to consult with their dentist as soon as possible.
Cost? About $6.00