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Dental Glue

Does anyone know where I can get a good dental adhesive, for a cap that falls off from time to time? Many thanks!

created by Wulf on Feb 20, 2013 at 03:32:30 pm     Health     Comments: 5

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Rite Aid has stuff you can use, but all of the tempoarary adhesives are somewhat limited. If you want the good stuff, you have to see a dentist. The last time I had a crown fall off I cajoled the dentist into using the permanent adhesive. There was a small amount of decay underneath, and he wanted to do a new crown, but I had to wait three months until the new insurance year as I had already maxed out my coverage (bad year for crowns).

Anyway, the permanent adhesive worked like a charm, and he only charged me $60 or something for the visit. When you think about having to buy a few tubes of the OTC stuff, plus the aggravation, it really is better to just bite the bullet (pun intended).

posted by historymike on Feb 20, 2013 at 04:14:49 pm     #  

^^ yep, what he said. I freaked out when I lost a crown on a business trip, but my dental office said to look in any big box store in the toothpaste section. There are several types of temporary glue. I had no idea the stuff was so widely available, but apparently there are a lot of teeth falling out of a lot of mouths these days :^)

posted by viola on Feb 20, 2013 at 04:51:15 pm     #  


posted by max on Feb 20, 2013 at 04:52:55 pm     #  

Be aware that if you have any tooth sensitivity on the tooth with the missing crown, that sensitivity will be exponentially greater when the adhesive first touches the broken tooth. Try to warm up the glue a bit first under hot water.

posted by historymike on Feb 20, 2013 at 05:25:23 pm     #  

I know max is aiming for humor, but do not use any adhesives not approved for internal human use. There are lots of folks who have tried SuperGlue, Gorilla Glue, and other bad ideas only to make themselves sick or make the eventual crown replacement that much worse.

I joked about this with a dentist once and he told me that he could not count the number of times people actually used toxic substances to "fix" their teeth problems.

posted by historymike on Feb 20, 2013 at 05:28:35 pm     #