How to glue broken dentures

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How to glue broken dentures
Regular cleaning of dentures helps them last longer. (Jeffrey Hamilton/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The natural act of biting down or rubbing of the jaw can cause dentures to fracture, crack or lose teeth. While this is inevitable for denture-wearers, at home denture repair kits make fixing broken dentures easy and inexpensive. Ensure your dentures are clean and dry before making repairs, and allow enough time for denture glue to set before wearing them again and to avoid swallowing denture adhesives.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Denture repair kit
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Denture brush (optional)
  • Denture cream (optional)
  • Soft cloth (optional)

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    Purchase an emergency denture repair kit from your local pharmacy. Such kits are utilised for fixing broken, chipped or cracked dentures and come with sets of denture teeth, professional denture acrylic resins, bonding adhesives, denture cleaner and an eye dropper for administering the resins/adhesives. As of 2011, the cost of a repair kit was around £13.

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    Read the kit's instructions carefully and make repairs with the bonding adhesive where needed, such as for repairing structural fractures. Clean your dentures if necessary with a denture brush and denture cream to remove old adhesive, and ensure your dentures are completely dry before repairing either by allowing them to air dry or using a soft cloth. Press broken pieces together and hold for one to two minutes.

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    File down old broken teeth in your dentures that requiring replacing. Read the kit's instructions about proper resin application and use the resin to fill in the tooth hole before inserting a new tooth. Hold the tooth in the denture hole for one to two minutes. Use bonding adhesive around the tooth's base to secure it.

Tips and warnings

  • Only use approved adhesives and cements for denture repair. Using industrial grade cement products such as super glue can cause allergic reactions and toxins can enter the bloodstream.
  • Have a back up denture set made for preparation of broken dentures and problems.

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