Dentists charge entirely too much for their services! Millions of us cannot afford their greed-driven fees,
particularly for such high-priced services as repair or replacement of damaged, loose, or missing teeth .
There is little information available on alternatives. Dentists, dental associations, and their material suppliers prefer to keep their methods and substances a secret to protect their source of high income. It seems to be a world-wide problem, not just here in the US.
For many years now I have offered on this page some useful information for those who, by necessity or preference, need or want to deal with tooth problems on their own. This one page has prompted more email responses than all the others combined, and this site has more than 150 pages, many of them dealing with controversial political and social issues.
Teeth are an important personal issue. When one cannot afford needed care for them, it is also an economic and political issue, though it has not received nearly enough attention .
THE HOME TOOTH REPAIR INFORMATION
Super-glue and its variations are well-known, as are the hazards of
accidentally gluing oneself. Naturally, one must be cautious.
Although dental use is not mentioned on the label, it has proved to be
effective and harmless in my experience over several years. The
following tips will help.
1. A steady hand and a well-lighted mirror are needed.
2. Although SG will bond skin, it does not stick to mucous membranes for
long because they constantly secrete moisture. It will come off onto a dry
3. Repairs can last for several days to several weeks at a time, depending
on the particular application and the skill of your repair. Eventually
the SG deteriorates due to moisture and must be redone.
4. The gel type SG may work best, especially if the mating surfaces are
not entirely even. The gel is also less prone to drip or run. some have an
ester ingredient that emits an odor until dry. Inhale through your nose
and exhale orally to avoid the fumes.
5. The tooth surfaces must stay dry until the glue sets. A square of
toilet paper twisted and placed along the gum area will suffice, and help
separate the gum and mouth surfaces.
6. To press tooth surfaces together, use the end of the SG cap or a semi-
pointed metal instrument. Using fingertips may result in a finger glued
to a tooth. Pressure is needed for only a few seconds, but maintain
dryness for 30-45 seconds.
7. After the repair has set, remove the toilet paper and salivate so as to
wet the area all at once. This results in a smoother surface on any
exposed glue, and avoids any initial sticking to other surfaces.
8. Once set, SG becomes very hard, and exposed glue surfaces, if not
smooth to begin with, can be sharp or rough to the tongue or inside of
mouth. When this happens, you may need to redo it. Sometimes the rough
part can be smoothed with a nail file or covered with additional gel SG.
9. The glued tooth area should have little stress or movement. Don't expect
to be able to bite normally on it.
10. Avoid getting SG too close to the gumline. It will irritate the gums
just as plaque does.
11. Once opened, SG loses effectiveness over time. You may have to buy a
new tube before you've finished the old one.
12. Obviously this is not an ideal solution. Science could, if it hasn't
done so already, improve the product for specific dental applications. If
dentists as a group were not so greedy, such a product would probably
be on the market by now. Of course, if they were less greedy, they might
charge affordable fees for their services in the first place.
13. I AM NOT RECOMMENDING THE DENTAL USE OF SUPERGLUE OR ITS EQUIVALENTS;
I AM MERELY PROVIDING THE INFORMATION THAT IT IS POSSIBLE. ALSO, I USE
THE TERM SUPERGLUE GENERICALLY, NOT AS AN ENDORSEMENT OF A PARTICULAR
BRAND OF THE PRODUCT.
If there are any dentists out there who are actually more interested in the dental health of the public than your own profits, who would like to offer helpful suggestions, please email me and I will pass them along.
In the US and many other countries, dentists use professional associations (like the ADA) to keep their prices high. There are other places in the world where dental care is much more affordable, Unfortunately, travel to those places is also expensive. Still, it would be worthwhile knowing and listing the ones where destists are reasonably priced. Thailand is one, I have heard. Any others?
Anyone with more information or suggestions on this subject is invited
to e-mail me. I will include all good ideas on this page. I would also like to hear your thoughts on dentists, their greed and its harmful effect on ordinary people in your part of the world. If you have ideas on what approaches might be taken to control those unfairly high prices, send those as well, and I'll put them on this page for discussion and inspiration.
Feb. 5, 2011: Since I posted this several years ago, I have received numerous emails thanking me for the information, and a few asking for additional advice, to which I've responded, though my expertise is limited to my own experience. I have received several emails offering some additional suggestions, which I share below, the most recent first.
April 5, 2014
Hi. I was reading your site & thought that I would contact you. I have recently had a lot of unanticipated dental problems ( 2 broken molars requiring 1 [unnecessary] extraction & 1 crown).
I however was a dental prosthetics technician for 12 years - so I talk their language. When I sit in the chair I say ' Distal Lingual cusp crack on occlusal of number 31'.
AS I was unable to afford typical dental treatment I visited a 'county managed' facility that offered discount services, and got just what you would expect from a govt run facility - half assed poor quality work. ( Does NOT know how to cut a prep - to deal with retention & torsion problems).
I am online now trying to find a supplier ( on a Saturday) for Relyx or similar dental adhesive to repair a crown that lasted all of 4 hours... & saw your site. I thought that I would make a suggestion or two.
(1) always ask for your impressions & models to be returned to you.
(2) Go online and buy impression material & keep some handy. Water based alginate hydrocolloid will work and is cheap & available ( get a sample pack). an expediend impression tray can be made from epoxy putty available at all big box stores.
Dental techs make the tooth out of wax, then carve it to shape, invest the wax pattern in a mold material, melt the wax and use products from molten stainless steel to polymers to make a new tooth ( thermal , UV, ceramic, aluminum oxide.. etc.).
I thought that I would introduce you to a new item that is really neat. Marinetex - is a product for boat /marine repair of all things from boat hulls to engine blocks. It is a two part epoxy like product that is available in most all stores that sell boating supplies. It is a lot like the old J.B.Weld, but is even sronger, thinner, and is solid WHITE in color.
Thank you very much for writing, Kerry. That's some excellent technical information, from someone who has experience in the field. You are the first professional to contribute here. If you have any additional ideas in the future, feel free to write again with your suggestions.
You mention a county-run dental facility. Many places don't even have such a thing, and it's too bad that one did low-quality work. I suspect the problem is that those with the skill and knowledge weren't willing to accept the lower pay from the county. Once again, greed rears its ugly head.
That's no surprise, of course, but it is sad.
Dec. 22, 2013
I had a bridge pop out several years ago and I used superglue to re-attach it. However, I found the same thing you've discovered - it doesn't last. So after struggling with the situation for a while, I looked at what I had immediately available to me.
I had several different types of epoxy including an epoxy clay by Aves called Fixit. Believe me, I thought long and hard about using this in my mouth and I even went online and researched the product to see how hazardous it might actually be to use it. I couldn't find any compelling evidence suggesting that this might be bad for me, so I gave it a try. the first attempt lasted about a week and a half and I attribute the short time to how I prepared and attached it.
The second attempt has been working for several years now with no sign of loosening or detaching to the point that I have some minor concerns over how the dentist will deal with it when I am able to afford to seek a permanent fix. It's conceivable that this product could actually be used to create a crown and to potentially fill cavities as well (with proper preparation of course).
Anyway, I think it's a great alternative to using superglue and it can provide a more permanent fix.
Here's a link to the product site.
Use at your own risk!
Thanks for the suggestion, Jeff
October 15, 2013
Yep! it works! Glued back a filling that fell out, saved $500.00, bought a kayak instead. Pain and ache stopped almost immediately, and now i wish I had done the same with all my other broken teeth and lost fillings. Thanks a lot folks.
Les, Wellington NZ
Thanks for writing, Les, and sorry I missed seeing your email at first. I try to post and answer everyone as soon as I can. If anyone has written and not been answered, try again. Sometimes Hotmail doesn't work like it should.
November 14, 2013
How do you remove the old super glue from a front cap that needs reset? Mine only lasted 3 days. And I need more time.
I am so glad some one out there understands this mess. Thanks for your time.
I have seen a product called Superglue remover, which is probably similar to acetone-based nail-polish remover, since the latter is recommended by the Superglue Corp. Removing Superglue
Be sure to wash the surface immediately afterward with soap and water.
Moisture deteriorates the supeglue bond. If moisture can be sealed out from the repair, it may last longer. Superglue gel might hold longer, but be careful not to breathe the vapor it emits before it dries. One person reported an allergic reaction to the gel.
Thanks for writing. I am posting your question on the page; perhaps others may have additional suggestions. Anyone?
October 19 2013
Dentists Use Superglue Anyway
I recently went to my own cosmetic dentist after waiting weeks after my crown in front broke in half. I had paid over a thousand dollars for it a couple of years earlier. I had waited because I was broke. The office call alone was a hundred. Got in there and they said they could not fix it. Had to get a new one. I said like hell. Glue it back.
So the dentist followed just about the exact procedure Cosmicrat describes and of course it was superglue ~ I would know that smell anywhere and he may have been using some of that powdered stuff like for the nails to fill in the gap left by crumbling. Cost me $177. Total. The repair lasted a week.
So today I got online and found the exact procedure they did last week and find I coud have done it myself and from now on I will.
I recommend that everyone read a wonderful book by Professor Hamish Cunningham called Glimpses of the Naughties. It is available on Amazon. I have it on my Kindle. My name is Lorna Moravec. I am a 60 year old lady in central Texas. I live in the country and I am a writer.
I am also intrigued by the make your own teeth out of Gorilla Glue thing and I am going to investigate that further.
We can all make it on our own and all help each other do it. Slip under that fence one at a a time and lift up the barbed wire for the next one.
Thanks! And you're welcome.
September 6, 2013
I'm with all of you. I have put so much money into my teeth, it's not funny. The dental bills are horrendous and this is my 7th time my bridge fell out. I'm making my dentist's BMW payment. I decided to try Gorilla Glue and much to my surprise it's holding on fantastic! I'm planning on canceling my dental appointment on Tuesday if this stuff holds on. He charges me $170.00 per visit to re cement this bridge that lasts for 7 weeks! I thought of Gorilla glue myself and then decided to Google it and came across your site.
I just ordered two sets of cosmetic teeth from Imako and I'm really excited about getting them. This is not a sales pitch, but for gosh sakes, they are less then $50.00! I can't afford to take the chance of my bridge falling out again and not being able to see the dentist for a few days and having to take time off of work. I'm a teacher and would no way go in w/o my bridge. I won't have to worry anymore about something going wrong when I have these cosmetic teeth around.
My dentist tells me that it will cost me almost $5,000.00 for a new bridge and there is no way I can afford that, so I have to make use of what I can.
Thanks for the great info and please tell the others about Imako. They have great reviews and they are the cheapest I found and look good too.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Peggy, and for the suggestion. Please let us know how the Imako teeth work for you when you get them.
July 26, 2013
Are dentist's fees very high in Spain?
Costs higher than uk as no National Health assistance,prices vary as does quality.Average per crown implant (costa del sol) 999€
My four crown bridge 1.700€,plus 30-60€ each 'refix'.Superglue for me!!!.
July 24, 2013
Hi,I live in Spain,was advised to have 4 tooth bridge to replace broken front teeth...mistake every 6 months it comes loose..more cash for dentist,this week used superglue,fingers crossed,poss the answer to my problem.Seems quite sturdy.
It seems that dentists in Spain charge high fees, too. One would think that at least they would guarantee their work.
I hope that repair works well for you. Thank you for writing.
June 24, 2013
Hello friend. Fantastic info on SG for teeth. This is my 2nd time round on SG. A front tooth cap. A bit of the cap came off & it was loose. SG helps & I have been considering rebuilding the back of the tooth with an epoxy 2 part. The local dentist will cost. I am happy to know there are others like me.
I am sad to say that dentists are generally greedy. The dentist at the clinic (affordable option) prefers to pull teeth than deal with fixing problems that require any creative artistry. I am inspired to move forward & try a small bridge. I am a capable man & can probably make a mould. Any idea what "putty like stuff" dentists use to do this? Great site.
Lastly, dentists are just another part of our abusive & manipulative society - like lawyers, bankers, pharmaceutical industries, food (especially GM), traffic cops, normal cops, oil industry, multi national corporations & banks etc. Our society is at best preposterous & fails rationality. I'm afraid a paradigm shift & rehash of society is not going to happen before absolute collapse & spiral into anarchy. Heavy stuff. Be well. Raoul the owl
Perhaps someone else knows what dentists use to make molds, and can write with the information. Again, I caution everyone to be sure any material they use is safe and non-toxic.
I agree that it is not just dentists who are greedy; it is an integral feature of our socioeconomic system which allows and encourages people to take advantage of one another to obtain wealth, rather than cooperating for one another's mutual benefit.
It is indeed irrational and wasteful of both resources and of human lives. I believe it is possible for the vast majority of us to learn this and effectively demand change without a disastrous collapse, but that will not be easy to do.
On my main website, of which this page is only a part, I write about such matters. Cosmic Cabdrivers' Guide to the Universe
Anyone who would like to discuss any of that, feel free to email me as well. As always, thanks for writing.
Sun, 12 May 2013
JB weld 'WaterWeld' 2 part epoxy is excellect for repairing and replacing fillings, crowns and making bridges to fill gaps.
Its color is 'white' but it will stain (unless coated with superglue).
Brush teeth and then gargle with 2 types of mouthwash (mouthwash types: biotene, Peroxyl, antiseptic).
Just knead a small amount until becomes sticky on fingers, (5 min +)
then place where needed, roughly form it to space, then gently bite and grind teeth to create correct bite pattern.
Rub and wet the side surface with your tounge, you can shape it, holding teeth clenched, and it will give it a smooth surface on sides.
Don't worry about extra on adjacent teeth, it will not bond to smooth surfaces, and will break off where it is made thin at top sides of tooth.
If you mess up, you can pop it out and try again.
Don't swallow saliva!
This also works very well for replacing crowns, making a missing tooth to fill gap, just bridge to adjacent teeth.
When it comes out (repairs last from days to months, depending on surface available to bond to and your technique)
you can simply repeat above, and improve your technique.
Or take an exacto type knife, and improve the shape of that one, then use superglue to glue it back in place.
Coating the piece with superglue will keep it from staining
( coat the outside, let it dry a couple min, then coat the surface to glue tooth, replace, and gently bite down until glued to tooth again).
This allows you to make excellent, correctly shaped repairs!
Thanks for your contribution. I hope you have adequately researched this product regarding any toxic effects its ingredients might have.
I appreciate all information and ideas that might be helpful to the many people who cannot afford dentists, and I will pass it on to those who view my page on the subject. I do, however, urge caution before using substances that could cause unwanted effects when used in the mouth.
April 28, 2013
I read your blog and may I say that your remedy is worthwhile. These dental professionals Should be considered high society criminals for their greed.
We have a glue at home called the gorilla glue. It works better when surface is wet. Requires very little because it expands to 3 times the amount used. It's the best glue we've used so far.
Just to prove how strong this is...we have a 50 lbs. arm dining chair and it sits on a carpet. One of the legs broke off when I moved the chair backwards. So I proceeded to wet both ends and applied the glue, clamped it overnight and it's been going strong since Christmas.
That said, I am hoping that this glue will last for a while.
Before application, I flossed the area, gargled with this product called Biotene to remove any bacteria and finished with water. Apply a speck of the glue with a toothpick on the loose tooth and attach, hold for 1-2 mins. For better results, fold a piece of cloth into at least an eighth of an inch thick (kinda like those cloth used to clean your spectacles) and then bite on it for another 10 mins. Don't eat anything for the next hour. You should be good to go.
Gargle with peroxide or Biotene after the process just to be safe.
Thanks for writing. I'm not sure whether Gorilla Glue is a good idea. It isn't chemically the same as superglue. I checked this page: Gorilla Glue Product Safety Information
It doesn't sound especially hazardous, but I don't know enough about it to say it's safe in the long term. Even the gel type of superglue has vapors you don't want to inhale, and one person said superglue gel caused an allergic reaction, although I've used it in the past with no ill effects.
Please be very careful when trying any new glue products! Check out their ingredients thoroughly to make sure they are not toxic when used inside the mouth. Remember, you probably won't find any direct information about what is safe to use on teeth, and what isn't.
MARCH 27 2013
Just wanted to let you know that I bought regular superglue this time instead of the gel type superglue and I did not have an allergic reaction. On your site you said to tell you what we think of dentists. I think if they are going to charge you as much as they do, it should at least last. I had $25,000 worth of dental work--7 years later I needed another $7000 worth of dental work. I am disabled now and can'[t afford the dentist so I am gluing my bridge back in with superglue. I brushed my teeth. I have severe GERD/Acid indigestion--the acid ate my teeth. And then after spending all that money I find that there is a surgery they can do to stop the acid reflux when none of the medications they gave me worked. I had a simple out patient procdure an now no more acid indigestion-- just think if they had done that surgery years ago I wouldn't have had to spend all that money. The whole medical & dental field is greedy. I was a nurse-believe me the nurses aren't getting that money.
Feb. 18 2013
CAUTION: It appears that allergic reactions are possible, though this is the first and only report of that I have received -cosmicrat
I have been using superglue to glue teeth for years and it worked great until now. I have a bridge that came out and I can't afford the dentist so I have been superglueing it in. Well my mouth decided to have an allergic reation to the glue. Now I am trying to get it out. I have sores all over the inside of my mouth and my lips are swollen, just wanted to let you know. It never dawned on me that this could happen.
Dec. 27 2012
Thank you for this info! My 3 unit bridge popped off after I was stupid and ate a bunch of stuff (peanut brittle!) on Christmas. After calling 8 dentists to have the bridge re-cemented and getting quotes of $185 to $293, I decided to try super glue. So far so good. Very frustrating that a simple thing has turned into such a big ordeal. I am new to the area and just started a new job so I don't have time for a bunch of dental hassles. I will write back and let you know how it went. Wondering if the acrylic nail glue was for a sealant or mixed up to patch a tooth???? Thanks again!
Oct. 22, 2011
I thought it was only my opinion - I live in NYC and have been flying to Thailand every year or so to have my dental work done there - incredible GREEEEED here!! YES!! GREEED! That's the word!
I have a crown that needs to be recemented - front tooth - no choice - and I went to a local DDS - how about almost $8,000? Of course, according to Dr. Brand New Mercedes I need a three unit bridge at $2,000 per unit, extractions, temporaries and cleaning and x-rays etc., etc., , we're talking almost 8 G's.. I jumped out of the chair and told him: this is why we have dental tourism. I said, in Thailand I can get the work done for a fraction of that - live like a king for a month and come home with change. The trouble is, I can't fly to Thailand just to have a crown recemented so out of desperation I thought of SG - (or even epoxy) I will try the SG solution until I can get there, a few months from now. I was worried that it may be toxic but my web research has assured me it is not - therefore I am going to the hardware store tomorrow.
It's a legal STICK-UP!!!! They don't need guns...
That's why they are down on Wall Street, occupying it, they need to occupy the ADA while they're at it - that protest I'll join!
Your article was great. I have 8 good superglue gel repairs in my mouth, and I'd like to add the following tips:
1. Your preparation supplies could include some hydrogen peroxide, to swish in your mouth for 60 seconds a few times after brushing the repair area, to help kill any decay bacteria and to completely clean the repair site.
2. You can use tissue and a toothpick to dry the site while inhaling through your mouth and exhaling through your nose to keep it dry.
3. If the repair leaves a large area of glue exposed, as when rebuilding half of a chipped tooth, or rebuilding tooth edges or replacing a large filling, then don't swallow any saliva for 20 minutes after the repair becomes semi-solid. Instead, spit into a container until the repair dries for a few minutes and becomes fairly solid, then for the next 20 minutes repeatedly fill your mouth with water for 30 to 60 seconds and spit it out, to leach any
remaining toxic fume chemicals from the superglue gel.
And here's another suggestion from a reader:
Just wanted to let you know that the nail acrylic stuff available at beauty supply stores makes a great substitute for
fillings and crowns. Be sure to get the natural color, not clear, pink or white. Or you can mix and match for the perfect shade.
Get a Q-tip, dip it into the Nail Liquid, then the Powder and it forms a semi-solid glob which solidifies into a plastic material.
Necessity is the mother of invention and greedy dentists have caused this necessity.
Brian from South Africa writes:
I think that we should take on the dental proffession. They are a bunch of robbers. i need a dental bridge 4 or 6 units...its made of porcelan and they want to charge me 24000 Rand (about $3430 US). It's a shitload of money in this country. You can buy a nice second hand small car for that price. The dentists are robbing us blind and need to be taken on. I think this is a rip off and i can't afford a medical aid What about the small man battling to survive in this country of ours. I can't do it on my own so lets let your website start the battle going.
Diane from Texas writes:
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I just happened upon your website tonite
while I was researching the notion that I might be killing myself with my superglue self-dentistry.
I told (confessed to) a nurse friend of mine about a month ago. She was properly horrified!! Told
me to immediately go to a clinic for the poor, indegent and uninsured. I said 'no thank you'.
I am a 55 year old, educated woman on disability. Needless to say, I can't afford All-on-4 dentures.
I can't even afford rubber dentures! Hee hee! For the past few years I have been fixing my own dental
problems with super glue and I must say, I've gotten pretty good at it. I've got seven front
'SG' teeth and no one seems to notice. I love it! Necessity IS the mother of invention and I
consider myself to be quite a resourceful (sp) woman. I've had it pretty rough all my life.
Raised two kids by myself, no parents, no family. Got my college degree and then got fibro
myalgia, hence the disability. So, when I needed dental care, I found a way! I'm a writer sometimes,
a massage therapist sometimes, an insurance
agent sometimes (hardly ever anymore because they are a bunch of greedy SOB's too) and a
dentist all the time. I plan on going back to school and getting my masters degree in counseling.
With the way our country is going, I figure we are all going to need a shoulder to lean on. Life 101.
Its every man(woman) for him/herself.
Anyway, I just had to write and say thanks for letting me know that I wasn't crazy or poisoning
myself and that I was not alone. Yes, these dentists are greeeeeeeeedy!! Only those with plenty
of money can afford good teeth these days. And I'm doing fine. Oh, and 'cosmicrat' sounds like
a new political party. Thinking of starting one?
What have YOU had to pay or have been quoted for dental work? Are there reasonably priced dental health plans, or are they just a promotional scam? What sort of protests or popular pressure might be effective against individual dentists, or dental associations like the ADA? Do they use illegal price-fixing? Write me at the address above, and I'll share it here.