Considering Using Superglue to Fix Your Dentures? Don't Even Think About It

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Your dentures have broken, and you don't know what to do. You might head online and see that superglue can be used to fix them. Here's why that's a bad idea and something you shouldn't even think about doing.


Breaking your dentures can be a very distressing experience. You rely on your replacement teeth to keep your quality of life high and to eat and talk every day. What are you going to do now that they're broken?

You may think using superglue might be a good idea and a cheap way to repair them. After all, you probably have some laying around the house, so you can fix them fast too. 

Here's why that would be a bad idea though.
 

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1. Superglue Contains Toxic Substances

While superglue is a fantastic tool for fixing things around the house, the toxic substances it contains makes it a poor choice for fixing your dentures. Two of the most commonly found toxic substances in superglue include formaldehyde and acetic acid. The latter is known for giving vinegar its sour taste and pungent smell, while the former can be lethal if ingested in high enough quantities or it can cause asthma-like respiratory problems and skin irritation. 

Since your dentures will be in your mouth, you don't want to risk causing yourself any health problems due to your superglue fix. You may also end up having an allergic reaction to some of the chemicals in the superglue.
 

2. Your Saliva Will Likely Render the Superglue Ineffective

Superglue is water-soluble, meaning over time it dissolves when exposed to H2O. Since our saliva is made up of 99.5 per cent water, using superglue to fix your dentures will only provide a temporary solution to your problem as its adhesive properties will break down and eventually be rendered useless. You will be right back where you started, and your denture may even be worse off than when it first broke due to the superglue you used to fix it. 

Instead of delaying the inevitable, it's a much better idea to book an appointment with your denturist so they can simply repair it the proper way. 

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3. You Might Fix Your Dentures Wrong

It takes years of schooling and training to become a denturist and to learn the skills needed to properly repair them. Being able to accurately fix a denture so the bite and fit are right is not something you can easily learn after watching a few videos on YouTube. If you decide to fix your dentures with superglue, there's a good chance you'll do it wrong and suffer the consequences in the form of a poor bite or fit.

This could make eating difficult, if not impossible, and it could cause you pain or discomfort. You may even put your dentures at an increased risk of breaking further if they don't fit right.
 

Contact Your Denturist Right Away After Breaking or Damaging Your Dentures

While it can be tempting to fix your dentures with superglue to save some money and time, given the above reasons, it is not a sound decision. You could put your health at risk, and the fix will most likely only be a temporary solution. You could also cause further damage to your denture or repair them wrong, making your life unenjoyable in the process.

Instead, you should contact your denturist the moment you notice your false teeth have become damaged or broken. At Future Smiles Denture Clinic, we provide same-day denture repair services, allowing you to get back to living your life comfortably and enjoyably right away. Be sure to contact us today for any of your denture repair needs in Calgary.
 

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If you need affordable dentures or denture repairs in Calgary, Future Smiles Denture Clinic has you covered. Just get in touch with our helpful denture team by calling 403-475-0016 or by booking a FREE consultation or by visiting our Coral Springs NE or Mission SW Calgary clinics. We'd love to help get you smiling again!

 

FAQs

Q: What kind of glue can you use to fix dentures?

If the above article hasn't deterred you, then the best type of glue to fix dentures is dental-grade resin. Acrylic resin, to be exact. Just be warned that this type of adhesive doesn't come cheap. It's meant to be used by denturists and dentists only. 


Q: Can I glue a tooth back on my dentures?

You can, but as we mentioned above, your saliva will degrade most commercially available superglues over time and the tooth will eventually fall back out. If a tooth from your denture has fallen out, it can easily be repaired by your denturist. Using glue on it yourself will actually make the repair more difficult or ruin any chances of salvaging the tooth.


Q: How much does it cost to fix broken dentures?

The answer varies depending on the extent of the damage and the repairs that are required. That being said, the typical denture repair costs between $150 to $300. At Future Smiles Denture Clinic, we have financing options available for those who are uninsured or underinsured.


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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.


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