Can I repair a denture with superglue?

Posted in Dentures, Guides, on the 7th July 2021, by Eleanor

Did your denture break or crack? Unfortunately, even though today’s dentures are reasonably durable and built to endure an extended period, they can sometimes crack and break.

Dentures can break for various reasons but are more common if you eat hard and crunchy foods, drop your denture, or the shape of your mouth changes over time.

You may panic and look for a quick fix online during a dental emergency like this. After all, superglue is a magical substance. It can bind almost anything, so it’s no surprise that many people consider it an excellent solution for denture repair at home.

First, however, it is vital to understand whether home remedies such as repairing your denture with superglue are safe and cheaper than your other denture repair options.

Should you use super glue to repair your broken or cracked denture?

Most of us have superglue at home, so you may be tempted to try a quick temporary or permanent DIY denture repair at home. However, you should not use superglue to repair your broken denture because shop-bought superglue won’t bond well with your denture as it is most likely made of acrylic and/or metal.

More importantly, superglue is soluble, meaning that the bond may dissolve upon contact with saliva in your mouth. As a result, you could find that your denture breaks again soon after your quick superglue fix.

You may also see warnings on the superglue’s packaging, which states that the glue is toxic and advising against consuming or putting glue products in your mouth. Superglue is dangerous when ingested, so if your denture unexpectedly broke, you would have to seek medical help immediately.

Even if you don’t swallow any of the glue, superglue and other ingredients are not medical-grade adhesives and could cause gum inflammation or an allergic reaction once in your mouth.

Can superglue damage dentures?

Due to the toxic content and the way superglue bonds with materials, superglue could damage your denture. In addition, the glue may degrade the structure and stability of your dentures, making them unusable and meaning that you may need completely new dentures.

As a result, using superglue to fix your dentures at home quickly could be a costly and potentially dangerous mistake.

How to quickly fix a broken denture

Need quick help with your dentures? Our denture repair laboratory has a 24/7 phone line and a walk-in or drop-off service, as well as a mobile denture repair laboratory that comes to you!

Therefore, when your denture breaks or is damaged in some other way, carefully clean it and place it in some Tupperware, food container, or bag. That way, you can safely take it to a denture specialist or hand it to our mobile technician without much hassle.

Whether you opt for our walk-in/drop-off clinic or mobile denture laboratory, we will disinfect your denture, remove the broken area of the denture and replace it with brand new acrylic, then re-disinfect the denture and return it to you in safe packaging.

For more information, call us on 01202 922 280 or fill out the form on our contact page, and a denture specialist will help you take the next steps in properly repairing your broken denture.

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