I was showing my grandchildren I can still do a handstand when my upper dentures fell out. Two of my grandchildren ran over to get them for me but the ensuing battle over who actually gets to hand them to me caused two of the teeth to break off. I really don’t want to replace the whole upper unit and was hoping to just use something like Gorilla Glue to repair them. Would there be a strong reason not to?
You know how your grandchildren have great intentions in trying to help you out and they rush into it and end up causing more problems than if they’d just let you get it to begin with? Well….doing a DIY fix on your dentures is sort of like that.
Let’s start with the glue. Do you know if Gorilla Glue is biocompatible? If not, you could end up with a serious reaction on your hands, or at least in your mouth. You don’t want to risk your health. Another issue with the glue is whether or not it’s strong enough to hold up against your biting forces. Will it crack? Or will the glue just give up? Maybe your saliva will just cause the glue to disintegrate and you end up swallowing your false tooth.
But let’s say for the sake of argument Gorilla Glue somehow manages to be the perfect adhesive for dentures. A second potential problem is placement of the teeth. Do you know exactly how to glue the teeth back into the proper position in your denture arch? If it’s poorly placed, you’ll end up with painful sores in your mouth.
It’s quite possible your dentist can properly repair your dentures without you having to purchase an entire new arch. You’ll only know with certainty by taking it in and letting your dentist look at it. You’re not bound to getting his repair done. It’s just a consultation.
The Danger of Dentures
If you’re still doing handstands, you’re probably a young grandpa. I want to make sure your dentist warned you of a serious issue when dentures are worn for many years— Facial Collapse. When your teeth are removed your body recognizes there are no longer tooth roots in your jawbone rendering your jawbone unnecessary. To be efficient, it begins reabsorbing the minerals normally used by your jawbone to use them in other parts of your body where they are more needed.
After a period of about 10 or 20 years. You no longer have enough jawbone left to retain your dentures. You see this often in those “funniest videos” shows where some poor unsuspecting grandmother is trying to blow out the candles on her conflagrant birthday cake only to find her dentures as the new cake centerpiece.
There’s a way to prevent this inevitability. Getting your dentures anchored to your jawbone with dental implants completely prevents facial collapse. It also makes your dentures much more comfortable along with dramatically improving your chewing capacity.
As you’re going to have to bring in your dentures anyway to have the needed repair looked at, it’s worth having a discussion with your dentist about dental implant options for you.
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