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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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Can You Use Permanent Glue to Repair Your Dentures?

by Jimmy Carter

It's human nature to treat something new and relatively expensive with great care when you first take ownership, and this particular product will have the focus of your attention until such time as something else comes along to occupy your mind. You may do everything you can to safeguard this new acquisition and to look after it in accordance with given instruction, but you may still become blasé at some stage in the future when your attention moves elsewhere.

Of course, you should always maintain this focus if you can and in particular should the product in question be fragile. You've learnt the hard way, however, as the dentures that were such a focal point of your attention when they were brand-new are now lying in two pieces on the floor. With your attention firmly refocused now, what can you do?


When you first received your new set of dentures, the dentist would have told you that they were resilient and resistant to damage in many ways due to modern-day methods of construction. However, he or she may have told you that they would still break if you dropped them onto a hard surface and you should be careful whenever taking them in or out.

Out With the Glue

Be that as it may, they must be relatively easy to put back together? Somebody may have told you that you can use miracle glue as this type of product can stick anything back together permanently. Don't be tempted to try this yourself, however, as remember that these products have some difficult-to-pronounce chemical compounds that should not be ingested. Furthermore, these harsh chemicals may actually melt some of the compound plastics included in the denture base and cause more damage than ever.

The Proper Approach

It may help you to understand how technicians work, so you can understand how specialised this job actually is. The experts never reach for their "super glue" but will use wax to attach the pieces instead. They will want to ensure that the dentures fit properly when they have been reassembled in this way, and so long as this is the case, they will then use silicone and plaster to carefully match the fracture line.

The technician will make sure that they only use the minimal amount necessary to reattach the pieces and will trim any excess off with the proper tools. Once everything is back to normal, they'll apply a layer of acrylic base on top.

What to Do Instead

So, the answer is very clear – don't do this at home. Instead, pick up the phone and call your dentist and ask them how long it will take to fix the issue. Some facilities can do this in-house while you wait, but if the break is quite complex, they will let you know the best course of action.

For more information on denture repairs, contact your local dental office today.