If you experience a broken tooth or dental restoration like a porcelain veneer or dental crown, you might be tempted to try gluing it back together. You should resist the temptation to do this, and try to get to a Columbia, SC dentist to repair the tooth as quickly as possible. In the meantime, just accept that your smile may not look its best.

Again, we can’t recommend any course of action other than going to the dentist for a repair. However, there are some common solutions that people do attempt as short-term fixes.

multiple tubes of superglue

Superglue Dental Repairs and Their Dangers

One of the odd solutions for dental repairs that some people try at home is super gluing their broken tooth or restoration.

Superglue refers to any of the cyanoacrylate adhesives known by trade names such as Super Glue, Krazy Glue, and more. You will sometimes see this recommended as an approach to hold your dental crown or veneer on. Although this can work, there are several reasons not to do it.

First, superglues bond instantly with your skin, so it’s easy to accidentally glue your restoration to your finger or your finger to your tooth, or even your cheeks, lips, or tongue to your teeth.

Superglues are also toxic. Most people won’t have problems with the small number of fumes released, but a small number will have a serious reaction to the fumes, either a skin reaction or an asthmatic reaction.

Superglue can also have serious reactions with natural fibers, too, such as cotton, triggering a release of more toxic fumes or even causing spontaneous combustion.

If done properly, superglue will hold your veneer or crown in place, and we can dissolve it, though the solvents are also mildly toxic.

Please do not try to superglue your tooth or restoration if it breaks. Call our Columbia, SC dental office for your dental emergency and immediate assistance at your earliest availability. 

Denture Adhesives

Some people recommend denture adhesives for gluing a broken tooth or restoration back in place. This has the advantage of being a mostly safe option for gluing the restoration.

The disadvantage of denture adhesives is that they are not particularly strong. They’re barely good enough for their stated job of holding dentures in place. That’s with a lot of surface area and suction on their side.

This repair might be a reasonable cosmetic one for a short-term fix, but it won’t hold up to chewing. You should still contact our Columbia, SC dentist for your dental emergency at your earliest convenience. 

OTC Temporary Dental Cement

Another option is temporary dental cement. This is a more stable way to refit lost crowns and veneers, though it may not work for all these restorations. You have to be able to properly fit the broken piece back in place, and it requires a significant amount of surface area for this to work.

Temporary dental cement is the preferred fix. It’s relatively stable, nontoxic, and reasonably easy to apply. But you should try to contact your dentist in Columbia, SC first and only proceed with this solution if your dentist gives the go-ahead. Long-term reliance on this repair can lead to infection or decay of the tooth under the restoration and potential damage to your restoration.

We don’t recommend long-term reliance on any of these solutions. A British woman who used superglue for teeth that fell out ended up needing serious care including dental implants to repair the damage she suffered.

Why You Should Visit Your Columbia, SC Dentist For Broken Teeth & Restorations

There are a lot of reasons why your first action after breaking a tooth or restoration is to call your dentist. For one, the solutions listed above won’t provide you with a permanent solution. They might not even work as a temporary solution because they’re so poorly designed. Don’t expect a temporary chipped tooth repair at home to work.

When you visit Dr. Hahn, he will evaluate the damage, with an x-ray if necessary, and determine your treatment plan afterward.

If you had a porcelain veneer fall off your tooth, it might only need to be rebonded. However, if it’s damaged, it will likely need to be replaced. The same is true for other restorations like dental crowns, inlays, or onlays.

If your tooth breaks or chips, you will need a restoration like a dental crown, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding to restore the health, strength, functionality, and appearance of your teeth.

The temporary solutions above won’t do anything to help your oral health. Nothing compares to visiting a dentist as your only real long-term solution.

If you’re suffering from a porcelain veneer or a dental crown that’s fallen off, or a tooth or restoration that’s damaged, our Columbia, SC dentist can help. Please call (803) 781-9090 for an appointment with a Columbia, SC dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.