How to Repair Dentures

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Dentures are helpful for people who have lost or damaged their teeth. People who are unable to keep or use their own teeth can still eat normally, and with the advancement of technology, dentures are more comfortable and durable than ever. However, dentures are still prone to damage and breaking. In such cases, the user goes to his or her dentist to get them fixed. It is not always possible to get an immediate appointment with a dentist, so users must find a way to fix their dentures temporarily, so in the meantime, they can still eat and go out normally. There are many ways to repair dentures temporarily, depending on the type of damage.
 

Repairing Loose Dentures

Over time, dentures can begin to loosen, usually due to factors such as over cleaning, normal wear and tear, and even due to the jaw's natural tendency to shrink as people age. Loose dentures are not only embarrassing, but can also cause discomfort, mouth sores, clicking, and even gagging. A dentist must adjust the dentures if they are loose, but users can temporarily find relief by using denture adhesives.

Types of Adhesives

Users should not attempt to fix broken dentures with household items like superglue or a hot glue gun. These are not only ineffective, but they can also harm the person. There are many types of glues and adhesives made specifically for dentures. Buyers can choose among these different types based on their preferences.
 

Type of Adhesive

Description

Powder Denture Adhesive

Offers a precise bond

Used on damp or wet dentures

Paste Denture Adhesive

Most popular form of denture adhesive

Cheap and effective

Applied on dry dentures

Strip Denture Adhesive

Adhesive comes pre applied on strips

Strips may be cut to fit on almost any size of dentures

Used on dry dentures


Well-made dentures do not need fixatives, but users can use them while waiting for their next dental appointment. There are many brands available on the market, but most come in these forms. To fix loose dentures, clean them thoroughly first. This prevents any foreign matter from mixing with the adhesive and creating discomfort. Next, add the adhesive to the dentures. Users should apply powder fixatives to moist dentures and paste or strips to dry dentures, so check the directions carefully. Use only a small amount of adhesive and spread it thinly. Limit the use of adhesives to only once per day and see a dentist as soon as possible for an adjustment.
 

Repairing Broken or Chipped Denture Teeth

Teeth go through a lot of everyday wear and tear. Both normal and denture teeth are prone to damage from biting down on certain foods or even through accidents. Broken or chipped denture teeth can be quite annoying, not to mention embarrassing. Many denture emergency repair kits have the necessary items to repair the teeth temporarily, such as acrylic resins, denture cleansers, eyedropper, extra teeth, and adhesives. It is a good idea for anyone who uses dentures to have one of these at home and while traveling.

The exact steps to repair broken dentures vary depending on the kit, but most have similar instructions and warnings. To repair chipped teeth, first gently clean and dry the dentures. Clean out any old adhesive with a brush. Apply the adhesive to the broken pieces and then press them together for the period of time specified in the instructions. Ensure the pieces are completely dried and bonded before attempting to use the dentures. For teeth that need replacement, the user may have to file down or remove the broken tooth, then apply resin to the hole. Take one of the replacement teeth from the kit and press it into the hole, holding it in for about one to two minutes. A bonding adhesive may be necessary to secure the tooth outside the hole.
 

Repairing Broken Denture Bodies

It is easy to avoid accidents by taking good care of dentures, but sometimes, some people cannot prevent mishaps from happening. Broken denture bodies and plates need immediate attention, because in many cases, the user cannot even wear them temporarily. In fact, wearing broken dentures can cause damage to the gums. There are special denture repair kits that can handle broken plates. However, people who wear dentures can also use acrylic resin and monomer to fix dentures at home.

Start by cleaning the dentures first, then use a nail file to sand the broken edges. Place some of the monomer bonding agent on the broken pieces, around one drop, and spread a thin layer along the edges before putting them together. Leave the adhesive to dry, which usually takes around 5 to 6 minutes, depending on the manufacturer. File down any excess acrylic resin and clean the dentures again before using. Make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible, as this type of damage requires immediate repair.
 

How to Buy

Once you have decided which kit or adhesive to buy, you can start your search on eBay using the search engine on any page. Just enter the right keywords into the search box to get a list of items that relate to those words. Click on any title to see its listing page. When making any purchase, it is important to look at the seller's feedback page. To access this, simply click on the seller's name. Look at the ratings and comments from previous buyers.

Dentures can break or chip at any time and most users experience this at least once. Having all the necessary items to fix false teeth ensures that users can make repairs before going to their dentist for more permanent solutions.

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