I dropped my dentures this morning and one of the teeth popped off. The tooth looks whole. Is there some type of DIY fix for something like this? Can I superglue it back on?
The set-up of a denture has to be done quite precisely. If you don’t get the tooth on perfectly, it will create sores and things in your mouth. This will be miserable for you.
I also don’t really recommend using something such as superglue in your mouth. You have no idea what type of chemicals are in there nor what type of reaction your body could have to them.
Instead, I’d just pop into your dentist’s office and let them make the repair. They’ll have the right equipment and can do the repair without causing any pain or sores for you during your daily wear. It won’t cost that much and can save you a lot of problems.
Alternatives to Dentures
You may already be aware of this. If you are and have still chosen dentures, then fine. It is completely up to you which procedures and replacements you choose. Did your dentist mention anything to you about facial collapse when you were getting dentures?
If not, this is a true disservice to you. When your teeth were removed, your body began resorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere in your body. It does that because you no longer have any teeth roots and perceived the jawbone is no longer as necessary.
Eventually, you won’t have enough jawbone left to keep your dentures in, making you a denture cripple. Now, you can have bone built up with bone grafting and get a new pair of dentures after this happens. However, the process just begins anew and the minerals will again be leeched out.
The permanent solution to this is to get dental implants. You can actually get something called implant overdentures, which takes about four to six implants and anchors your dentures to them. This will allow you to keep your jawbone. Plus, it has the fantastic advantage of having secure dentures. You’ll never have to worry about them slipping or falling out and your chewing capacity increases.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.