I accidentally dropped my denture in the sink and two teeth broke off. It seems to be otherwise intact. Can I just superglue them? I don’t want to pay for a whole new fixture.
Accidents like this happen. Please don’t try to use Super Glue to reattach these. There are chemicals there which can do you harm. Not to mention if you don’t get them in precisely, you could end up with irritation and sores in your mouth. Dentures have enough problems without adding to the burden.
The good news is you likely won’t have to have new dentures made. Call your dentist and let him or her know what happened. They will have you come in and, even if they can’t fix it themselves, they can send it to the lab to be repaired. The cost will be minimal and you will be back in business in no time.
Althernative to Dentures
I don’t know if your dentist warned you about a serious consequence of dentures when you first had them done, so I want to make sure you’ve been given this important information.
When your teeth were removed your body recognized that. In an effort to use your body’s resources as efficiently as possible, it begins to resorb the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere in your body. It does this perceiving you no longer need to retain roots of your teeth.
This has the unfortunate result of shrinking your jawbone. Eventually, you won’t have enough left to even keep a denture in. This is known in dental circles as facial collapse. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent this.
You could get implant supported dentures. With this, your dentist will place four to six dental implants in your jaw and then fix your dentures to them. This has great benefits. First, your dentures will be completely secure. This will mean your chewing capacity will greatly increase and you will never have to worry about them slipping or falling out. Ever.
This biggest benefit, though, is the implants signal to your brain you still need that jawbone and it leaves it alone and intact.
The best time to switch is while you still have enough bone structure. So, if you are able, talk to your dentist about this alternative.
This blog is brought to you by Vero Beach Dentist Dr. Rick Root.