Broken Dentures? Now What?
It never fails, that when something goes wrong it is always at the worst possible time. Have broken dentures and wondering what you can do to get you through your wedding, graduation, party, or work day? Here are a few tips.
First off, determined what happened. Typically with dentures, there are only a few ways in which they break.
- Did a tooth come off or break?
- Did the denture break in half?
- Did a piece of the “pink” acrylic fall off or break off, leaving the denture mostly intact?
- Do you have a partial and did a metal clasp break?
Broken Denture Tooth
If it is only a tooth that fell out of your denture, then that is good news. This type of repair is generally easy to temporarily fix yourself. As always, a professional repair with denture acrylic is the best long term repair. However, when In a bind you have a few options.
1. Super Glue
Yes You Can Super Glue The Tooth Temporarily Back On!
Follow these steps below,
First, Take Your Denture Out, Dry it Off, Make Sure the Tooth goes Right Back in Place.
Secondly, Apply a Small Amount of Super Glue, then Quickly Add the Tooth.
Then, Give it Time to Dry, Remove Any Excess Material. Do not use any type of accelerator spray – this will turn it yellow.
Finally, Rinse the denture and wash it with soap to remove residual chemicals. There will be a Chemical Taste, and Super Glue is Somewhat Toxic.
Expect this Self-Repair to Only Last a Short while, Try Not to Eat on the Tooth. Come See us to get said Tooth Professionally Added Back On; Making it Last Much Longer.
2. Denture Repair Kit
(Available from Walgreens, CVS, etc.) You can use this kit as an alternative to super glue. Follow the instructions and use in place of super glue.
This repair kit shows that it also works for cracks in the denture, however, I do not recommend this at all for cracks in the denture.
DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF!!!
Cracked Dentures or Dentures broken in half are unrepairable for a DIY (Do it Your Self). If you attempt to use superglue or the denture repair kit you will inevitably be buying yourself a new denture. Yes I know, the DIY kit at Walgreens shows you can repair a crack, but I have never seen a patient put it together correctly. Done incorrectly, you have purchased yourself a new denture.
You see, a cracked denture is only repairable if it goes back together exactly how it was before. This is a special kind of repair that can only be done in our dental office. If you attempt to repair and you get it wrong, the glue or repair material will fill in the crack and we will be unable to get it back exactly how it was. This will result in your bite being off, lack of suction, high areas on your gums, etc.
With a cracked or broken denture, you will just need to visit our dental office as soon as possible.