Dentures give the wearer the confidence to smile again, but dentures require careful handling. Otherwise, they can break. As the first-time owner of a set of dentures, you must know what to do if your dentures become damaged. Damage can be as simple as a chipped tooth or as devastating as a denture cracked into two pieces. Here are the dos and don'ts of emergency denture repair so that you know what to do if it happens to you.
Don't Use Super Glue to Repair Them
As tempting as it is to slap some strong glue onto the crack in the hope it holds your dentures together, this type of product is not meant to go in your mouth. Using commercial glue to repair your dentures exposes you to toxic chemicals and potential poisoning. Instead of using regular household glue, head to your local chemist to buy a denture repair kit.
Do Use a Denture Repair Kit
You can purchase a denture repair kit at your chemist and the bond adhesive used to fix a cracked denture or a loose tooth is non-toxic, so it can be used on the denture before it is placed in your mouth. Following the repair kit's enclosed instructions carefully helps you to repair your denture to the point where it can be reinserted in your mouth after the bonding agent has hardened. However, be mindful that a DIY denture repair kit is designed to get you through to your dentist's appointment. These repair products are not designed to be a permanent solution.
Don't Delay Booking a Dentist Appointment
The longer you leave getting your denture repaired, the bigger the chance of you doing permanent damage to your mouth. The reason for this is that when you repair a denture yourself, you cannot with pinpoint accuracy line up the pieces to be as good as the denture was before it broke. You are, therefore, exposing your mouth to potential cuts and tears from jagged parts of the denture. Your dentist must see the denture as soon as possible so that they can arrange a permanent repair or replacement for you.
Whilst it is hoped that you never require emergency denture repair, this advice is of assistance to anyone who notices that their denture is broken. Following these tips ensures that you do not damage your mouth before your denture is repaired to its original state. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to call your dentist.