Broken denture

It has recently come to my attention that a lot of people are advertising denture repair kits, and people are now sometimes under the impression that a broken denture does not constitute a medical emergency, and you can just super glue it together at home. Discussions like this one abound, and the question thus arises; does a man who is handy and quite good at repairing things, and has a good understanding of adhesives really need to visit the dentist when something as trivial as a denture breakage happens? The answer is yes.

The Best Advice

While you can buy denture repair kits that have all of the tools and materials needed to fix your denture totally legally, your ability to handle tasks, being good and handy, is simply no substitute for a decade of medical school, followed by another decade of hands on practice. In theory it is perfectly possible that you can get the denture to work, but in practice it is almost impossible to conceive that you will be able to do a job that is as good as a dentist’s or a dental technician’s work, unless you really are a handyman par excellance. If you feel that you are, the internet is rife with dental repair kits meant to help you mend a broken denture, but for the rest of us mere mortals, a trip to the dentist will be all but unavoidable. 

Just A Crack?

If a denture has a minor crack in it, but the basic resin or artificial gum or plastic used as a base (usually called a plate) is more or less in one piece, it is usually the case that a simple adhesion and alignment of the plate and the crowns is plenty enough to fix the problem. If the crack is very severe, ro the pieces cannot be aligned in a way as to fit comfortably and as snuggly as the previous version, then a new denture will have to be made. 

Plate Tectonics

Sometimes only part of the denture needs to be replaced. For instance, if the plate is cracked, but the crowns are okay, then they can be saved and put on a new plate, the same is true vice versa. I would not recommend using a denture repair kit if the damage is extensive or far reaching, or involves more than one part of the denture. However, if you have had dentures for a long time, have seen them repaired, and are handy, then a minor crack can indeed be fixed by you as well.