Dental Adhesives

When a crown or bridge falls off, and you are in the middle of a busy working day, it may be difficult to find the time right than and there to go and have the tooth repaired. You may be in need of a temporary solution that can hold you over until a dentist can see your tooth. Such a solution does exist, but I cannot stress the temporary nature of it. You will have to eventually go and see a dentist in order to get a permanent fix for your problem.

Dos and Don’ts

The solution I have mentioned are over the counter dental adhesives and other dental bonding agents. Sometimes these products are called cements, sometimes even fancier names are used (like bonds, bonding agents, etc), but they all do the same thing, that is adhere foreign, inorganic material like plastic metal or ceramics to dental tissues like enamel or dentine, or to adhere dental tissue to dental tissue. To learn more about the nature and make up of these agents, click here. These products are always non-toxic, and can be bought in pharmacies rather inexpensively. And that brings me to another important point. I have come across quite a few shocking stories of people using super glue and other toxic products in re-adhering their false or real teeth. Please folks, do not ever put toxic substances in your mouth, especially adhesives, as they will stick to your oral surfaces and remain inside of your mouth. They can make you sick, and you can permanently damage your mouth or teeth by using them. 

Over The Counter Relief

Dental cements like Fuji, Dentemp, Thin Stick and a host of others exist out there, and they work perfectly well, albeit only for a short period of time (usually between 4 and 5 days). A broken piece of tooth can also be readhered in this manner, and also for the same amount of time. A lost filling, however, cannot be reattached in this way, and will keep coming out whenever occlusal forces (the torque and force of biting and chewing) are introduced to it. There are temporary filling materials that can be used in case a filling falls out. All of these are temporary solutions, though, and a dentist will need to see the tooth sooner or later.