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Why You Should Avoid At-Home Denture Repair

Why You Should Avoid At-Home Denture Repair

Author: Canadian Dentures/Wednesday, May 25, 2016/Categories: Denture Info

If you have dentures, chances are at some point, they will need to be repaired. Everyday wear will eventually take its toll. If you are considering fixing a denture problem without the help of a denture specialist, you may want to reconsider, and here’s why. 

Suppose you crack the acrylic or it breaks completely in two. Many people assume it’s all right to use a strong adhesive like superglue to hold it together until they can get to the specialist. After all, it’s just a temporary solution, right? 
 
Unfortunately, most commercial glues contain compounds that are toxic if ingested. Not only that, using permanent glue can result in a damaged denture plate, making it very difficult for the denture technician to actually complete the repair. In fact, they may not be able to repair it at all, forcing you to have to invest in another set. This is because any cracks in your dentures should be filled in with professional-grade acrylic during the repair. If the surface of the denture is lined with superglue, the acrylic simply won’t hold. 
 
Additionally, any small hairline cracks that go unrepaired, or are improperly repaired by the DIYer, tend to harbor harmful bacteria—an unwelcome guest in your mouth. These micro cracks might further allow the invasion of small particles of food that can get caught between your gums and the plate, rubbing against your tissue and leading to sores. 
 
And finally, suppose one of the teeth falls out of the plate. Gluing it back on your own can not only cause the aforementioned issues, but now you have the additional problem of an awkward bite if that tooth isn’t even or flush with the others.

Home denture kits, while generally inexpensive, are somewhat of a gamble as they simply do not contain the high-quality elements that constitute a long-term repair.
 
When all is said and done, any sort of damage to your dentures should be always be investigated by a specialist, and this is mainly to ensure that no major changes have occurred to your mouth or bite to cause the crack. 
 
The good news is that with many modern facilities, the repair process is generally pretty quick and can often be done in one day.
 
Whether you’re in need of a denture repair or adjustment, an implant, a fixed bridge, or you’re looking to get your first set of dentures, Canadian Denture & Implant Centres is happy to help. 


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