My partial denture broke

I was wondering if I can fix my removable partial denture myself? A small piece from the top portion broke off and I was wondering if super glue will do the trick? I wouldn’t normally use super glue but since the broken piece is on the gum line I’m thinking I may be able to fix it. Or do you think I need to take it into a professional?

– Clinton from Arkansas


I know you may think it is easier to just go ahead and attempt to fix it on your own. But it is essential that any part of a broken appliance is repaired and placed in precisely the correct spot where it broke. Unfortunately, if you go ahead and repair it and it is a bit out of place even by the smallest margin, sore spots and discomfort will likely result. Therefore, it is recommended that you see a professional.

In response to using superglue, it is important to recognize that it may only work temporarily. But it will most likely deteriorate after a couple days. Also, once the superglue fails and the denture is broken again, it will be an even more difficult fix than if you would have taken it in to begin with. This also means it could be more pricey. If superglue was to alter the fit of the denture then a new impression of your teeth may be required, which would result in an even more expensive fix.

The best approach is to take it in as soon as possible so it can be repaired properly.

Good luck.

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A sure-fire way to cut down your number of cavities

So I’ve always had problems with my teeth. My mom had calcium deficiency when she was pregnant with me, and I was pretty much born with it. My teeth always get cavities easily (even though I keep good oral hygiene). The doctor told me I seem to have mineral deficiency and my teeth will be prone to damage. I used to take mineral supplements a while back but I don’t anymore… i didn’t notice any change. All this is quite frustrating, since I need to get my cavities filled and my mother can’t really afford it with all the money problems we’ve had lately… Seeing how both of my parents have had problems with their teeth all of their lives, I’m scared that by 30, I’ll have to get dentures… I’m only 18.
– Anna-Maria from Romania

I can’t examine you, so I can’t tell what role this calcium deficiency has in the number of cavities you get. But I can offer some helpful advice.

You can always reduce the number of cavities you get by reducing your frequency of eating.

Few people understand, and dentists often don’t explain well this principle – that your saliva has defenses against decay. There are bacteria in your mouth that break down food particles and secrete acids that cause decay. But, at the same time, there are enzymes, antibodies, and minerals in your saliva that work to combat this attack and also work to repair the damage they cause. When you get cavities, it is because your saliva doesn’t have enough time to repair the damage between attacks.

So the trick is to let your saliva have more time to repair before the next attack. And you do this by limiting your frequency of eating. So if you snack between meals, just quit doing that, and you will dramatically reduce the number of cavities you get.

People think they can stop tooth decay by just brushing better. Now toothbrushing helps prevent decay, but there are too many spots on your teeth that toothbrushing can’t reach. For example, right where the teeth touch each other, brushing doesn’t reach that. Also, there are often deep pits on the chewing surfaces of your teeth that the brush can’t reach. And even where the toothbrush CAN reach, you have to brush that within about ten minutes after every time you get food in your mouth to prevent any damage, which is impractical. So the best way to limit the number of cavities is to stick to three meals a day, and then brush your two times a day and floss once a day.

I hope this is helpful.

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All-on-four dental implants

Currently, I have an upper denture. As time has passed I really think it’s time for a new one. Although, I have realized that it is not overly comfortable and ultimately I have not been satisfied with my overall denture experience. I have thought about dental implants. But they seem very expensive. Also, what do you know about all-on-four dental implants? I’ve heard they are pricey but are they another option? I’m looking forward to something new.

Thank you,

– Kaitlyn from Georgia

Dear Kaitlyn,

A consultation with a dental implant dentist would be the next important step for you. When beginning your research, it is important to check out the dentist’s credentials. The  American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologist are two reputable organizations associated with dental implants. If you find a dentist that has been affiliated with these groups, it would be a great starting point. An implant dentist will be able to evaluate your need and help you determine whether dentures, removable partial dentures, or dental implants are right for you.

Be careful with the all-on-four technique. This procedure involves the placement of highly angled dental implants that are placed into your jaw. There is a lot of stress placed on these implants and the treatment can be risky.

Best of luck to you.

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