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January 10, 2017

Putting my teeth back in with crazy glue


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“Bout 3 months ago my teeth just starting falling out root and all the whole tooth. I been using crazy glue but it is starting to mess up the inside of my mouth and it hurts all the time the crazy glue is killing me cause when I’m inhaling it but I have to leave the house and I want let people see me with out teeth but I only go out when I have to I have no life I stay home out the times I don’t date I want go out with friends please help me.”
– (we’re not posting a name with this question)

This was actually not a MyNewSmile question but was a question we found submitted to another website that we manage.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I have a good answer for this poor woman. There is an answer, but I don’t think she’s going to like it. I’m writing this blog post because I think it’s interesting what she has tried to do.

First I want to comment on the severity of her gum disease and the hopelessness of trying to get these teeth to stay in, even with crazy glue or superglue. I have seen gum disease so bad that the teeth fall out spontaneously, and to be that bad the teeth already have to be dangling somewhat from the root. Here is a photograph of the teeth of a patient with advanced periodontal disease. As bad as this is, it’s not nearly the stage of periodontitis that this woman is experiencing.

Photograph courtesy of Dr. David Mastro, Roswell, GA

Photograph courtesy of Dr. David Mastro, Roswell, GA

This patient’s lower four incisors are getting close to being loose enough to fall out, but they’re not that bad yet. Imagine a little more of the root showing–this is what this woman had.

Putting them back in with crazy glue or superglue? These glues have cyanoacryate, which is is an excellent soft tissue adhesive, but it would only hold for a day or two, maximum, I’m imagining from my experience with it. And the teeth would still flop around.

My guess is that it’s been a number of years since this woman visited a dentist.

She needs a dentist badly now, and my guess is that none of the teeth are saveable at this point. She needs removable dentures or dental implants.

– Dr. Hall

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About David A. Hall

Dr. David Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does complete Internet marketing for dentists.

August 4, 2016

A couple of teeth just fell out!


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Dr. Hall,
My mother is 85 years old. Just last week she had two teeth filled. She recently lost a tooth and has a partial for that area. Then a few days ago, another tooth fell out. Both missing teeth are from the lower jaw. Fortunately they are in different areas of the mouth. She is very self-consious. At her age, her remaining teeth and gums are probably not in the best of health. We are considering a bridge(s) but are not sure as we don’t know how healthy the rest of her teeth are. Do you have any affordable recommendations on what we can do for the area that is missing teeth?
– Diane from Colorado

Diane,
If I am understanding you correctly, these two teeth just fell out. If that is the case, your mother has advanced periodontal disease (gum disease). It doesn’t get more advanced than that, for teeth to be so loose that they just fall out.

Continuing on with that assumption, it is likely that she has no really solid teeth left, so bridges would be out of the question. A bridge anchors replacement teeth to the remaining teeth, but in doing so it puts additional stress on those remaining teeth. In your mother’s case, that would hasten their demise.

The ideal replacement for missing teeth is dental implants. However, you asked for something affordable. Your mother would likely need full-mouth restoration, and the price for doing that with dental implants could easily get to be $20,000 to $40,000.

Given the condition of advanced periodontitis, all of her teeth are likely loose and would be candidates for extraction. I would seriously look at complete removable dentures. The main disadvantage of removable dentures is that it begins a long-term process of bone resorption. But at the age of 85, that would not be likely to be a significant problem for her.

Cu-Sil partial denture

A Cu-Sil partial
(image courtesy of Dental Arts Laboratory, Peoria, IL)

Another solution would be a type of partial denture called a Cu-Sil partial that is built like a complete denture, but has holes in it to allow the existing teeth to poke through, and there is a silicone ring in each hole that snugly holds each tooth. This is a little more stable than a complete denture, and as additional teeth are lost, it is a simple matter to then close each hole and put in a new artificial tooth.

A conventional removable partial denture also puts extra stress on the remaining teeth. It’s not as much stress as a bridge, but it’s still enough to weaken the teeth, so I wouldn’t recommend that either.

Dr. Hall

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About David A. Hall

Dr. David Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does complete Internet marketing for dentists.

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