Ever Heard These Myths About Denture Repair?

13 July 2016
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

The pain of losing a tooth is often nothing compared to the discomfort of having to adjust to a having a "toothless" portion inside the mouth. For this reason, a large number of people choose to invest in dentures that serve as replacements for their lost teeth.

Dentures are made of acrylic, which gives them commendable durability. However, this does not mean that dentures are damage-proof. Many times when dentures get damaged (e.g. when they crack), patients rely on conventional wisdom to get their dentures back into shape. T

his article discusses two prevalent myths about denture repair that often pass off as "conventional wisdom"

Super Glue For DIY Denture Crack Repair

In a large number of cases, dentures crack along a single line of fracture on the surface of the prosthetic device. Other times, the dentures crack along multiple lines of fracture.

When there's a single line of fracture, it's easy for a patient to "fill" the line of fracture with a denture adhesive. This helps to join back each side of the cracked denture before the prosthetic device is installed back into the patient's mouth.

There's a commonly held misconception that regular super glue can be used in place of denture adhesives for DIY denture crack repair.  Super glue has a high bonding capability thanks to the powerful solvents used during its manufacturing process. These solvents could easily melt the acrylic resin used to make the edges of the prosthetic dental device.

Denture Repair Is Cheaper Abroad

The concept of dental tourism is catching on fast. Dental tourism refers to a situation where one seeks dental services (e.g. denture repair) in a less-developed country. Because dental services are often always cheaper in less developed countries, many patients perceive dental tourism as a great way to save on the cost of denture repairs.

However, denture repair may not be as cheap in overseas countries as many patients may be led to believe. After the repair and re-installation of dentures, patients will often have to make follow-up visits to their denturist so that their progress is monitored. What this means for the "dental tourist" is that he or she will have to travel abroad every time they have a follow-up appointment.

In addition to this, the quality standards that denturists in less-developed countries are required to upheld are often lower than the standards set for Australian-based denturists. For more information, talk to a professional denturist.