Common reasons dental glue is needed
Dental professionals rarely use the term “dental glue.” Instead, they refer to adhesives as dental cement. “Dental glue” is a typical phrase used by someone who has just lost a critical object from their mouth. Something critical like, say, a dental crown, large filling, or a piece of tooth. Like everything else, the dentistry in your mouth can break down. We all use our teeth to chew, and after a while, it wears away and might fracture.
We all like to think of ourselves as self-sufficient and independent individuals. Nevertheless, there is a reason those commercials warn, “Do not try this at home.” Seeing a dentist to fix a dental related problem is the best advice you should follow.
This information will help you to understand dental cement, more commonly known as dental glue.
When is dental glue necessary?
The most common dilemma involving needing dental cement is a detached crown. Other reasons might include replacing a large filling that fell out that left a ghastly hole in your tooth. A small piece of chipped tooth can–if located in the front of your mouth–become a cosmetic issue.
A detached crown needs to be evaluated in two areas before “gluing” it back on:
- First, an x-ray needs to be taken of what’s left in the mouth. The dentist will determine whether the remaining tooth structure is sound, if there is any decay, or infection. If decay is present, he or she will determine the next steps.
- The second area evaluated is the crown. Is there residue of the tooth that ended up in the crown, or a hole in it?
If the tooth and crown are both in good shape, and the fit is still good, the crown might be able to be re-cemented. If there are other problems, the dentist will advise you on what to do.
Where is dental adhesive located? How much does it cost?
In most local pharmacies you can find products such as Dentek Temparin or Temptooth. These can be applied as an adhesive for crowns. Sometimes, they can be used to fill in holes left by fillings that have come out.
However, other products will work just as well. Be sure to read the ingredients to compare less costly mixtures with brand names. While in-store adhesives do not have the same strength of your dentist’s cement, they should help bond your crown and tooth temporarily. These products might be capable of holding a piece of broken tooth back in place, and replace an unsightly gap left by a missing filling too.
Dental cement adhesives range from about $5.00 to $12.00. Prices depend upon the type of cement being purchased, the brand name, and where you live.
How is dental cement or dental glue used?
Using a toothpick or other small object, remove all loose material from the inside surface of your crown. Clean it thoroughly, and allow it to dry. Brush your teeth, paying special attention to the tooth its missing from. Read the directions on the adhesive’s package and follow all instructions as directed.
What glue should not be used?
Products like Super Glue and Krazy Glue are not recommended for use as dental adhesives. When superglue is applied to a tooth with a live nerve, it seeps into the nerve-endings. The dentin area of a tooth has tiny tubes leading directly into the nerve. Superglue travels through those tubes, then proceeds to hurt tooth’s nerve.
This can result in severe pain, and may lead to a root canal treatment or extraction. These glues are not intended for internal use.
What happens after using tooth cement?
A snug fitting crown is not held in place by the cement your dentist applied. It fits because it was created from an excellent model of your tooth. Your dentist applied cement to keep bacteria from finding a path to your tooth.
The crown will adhere nicely to it as long as your tooth retains its shape. However, if bacteria reaches the tooth through another path, such as the gum line, decay can set in and cause small changes to occur in the tooth’s shape. By its very nature, cavities alter the natural form your teeth have. Once a change is present, your dentist will determine if the crown can be re-cemented or a new one is needed.
If there are gaps between your tooth and the crown, or if you can wiggle the crown while it’s sitting on your tooth, decay has probably occurred. It is still ok to use an over-the-counter (OTC) product to temporarily cement your crown to the tooth.
But, as soon as possible, call your dentist for an appointment and have the area evaluated. If decay caused your crown to loosen, a dentist intervening sooner rather than later can mean less pain and a less costlier treatment.
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This article was reviewed and approved by a board certified dentist.