When your dentures break, you might feel a rising sense of panic considering how much they cost to repair. Denture repairs are expensive, and you may want to try repairing them on your own. Although denture repair is best done by a professional, do-it-yourself denture repair is possible if you're willing to take the risk of altering your dentures on your own. Gluing together a simple break is done easily enough, but be sure to prepare beforehand and work when you won't be disturbed.
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Things you need
- Denture cleaner
- Paper plate or piece of cardboard
- Stir stick
- Emory board or fine grade sandpaper
Before you repair your dentures, clean them thoroughly with denture tablets or by using denture cleaner with a denture brush.
Place the halves of your dentures together making sure that you can join them evenly. If you do not put the dentures together on the seam, the suction required to keep them in place will be broken and they will not stay in correctly.
Put a good bit of the two-part epoxy on the paper plate and mix it together with your stir stick. Apply it to the break and place the pieces firmly together. Hold them until the glue sets.
Apply a second thin layer of epoxy over the break to make sure it stays in place. Allow it to harden and then place another thin layer on the underside of the break. Allow to harden.
Wait until the glue has dried completely and then take the emery board or sand paper and file down the excess glue. Your dentures should work fine.
Tips and warnings
- If you have to send your dentures in for repair, ask if a duplicate copy can be made and, if so, how much it will cost. Specifically ask if the duplicate pair can be made of less expensive acrylic teeth. Often online denture repair and overnight repairs will provide you with a low-cost duplicate pair to help you avoid any more emergencies.
- Purchasing a denture repair kit will help you avoid having to repair your dentures with over-the-counter items. Denture repair kits come with replacement teeth in case you have to replace them.
- Allow your dentist to examine the break when you get a chance. You do not want to take the risk of infection due to an irritated spot in your mouth.
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