Attempting emergency denture repairs at home
A word of warning about DIY denture repair and why we deem denture repair kits unsafe.
You may be tempted to try repairing your denture at home, reasoning it will be quicker and less expensive – just a tube of superglue, right? Please do not endanger your health and your denture by going down that path for the following reasons.
The materials from which your denture was made are temperature-sensitive and applied in a controlled, highly regulated dental laboratory by qualified technicians. Denture repairs are made with those original materials in the same exacting environment. A hydro flask is used to cure the denture repair, ensuring the finished result isn’t porous. This is a crucial point because porosity, or tiny holes in the repaired base material, can collect and harbour dangerous bacteria. Further, after curing, your repaired denture may need milling, after which it’s polished, restoring the original fit and appearance. This is not a result you can achieve at home.
Use of household or super glues not only damage your denture, they endanger your health and fail to produce effective results.
Super glue is not made for human consumption and contains toxic substances that can be absorbed into your blood stream through the soft mouth tissues, seriously jeopardising your health.
Super glue can also damage the acrylic surface of your denture, causing a build-up which may render the denture irreparable at worst, or at best make it difficult, time consuming and costly to remove, so a proper repair can be done.
Any denture misalignment caused by home repairs can result in a poor fitting denture, sore spots and irritation of your mouth and gums.