At home tooth repair is becoming more and more popular.
The mixture of rising dental costs and “how to” Internet culture have coupled together to create a shift. New dental glues, dental cements, and dental adhesives have facilitated the movement as well.
Many of these products have been on the market for years.
But only recently has the average person had so much confidence doing work usually reserved for professionals. Dental price tags certainly play a role—especially considering problems can sometimes still persist after an expensive procedure.
Still, we advocate dental visits as the number one course of action for teeth that need repair or replacement. The reason is because most over-the-counter dental adhesives are difficult to use and don’t always work that well. Dental professionals use stronger compounds.
We love DIY solutions though. So, we’ll still provide you with reviews of the best dental cements on the market and some tips to make your chosen dental glue more effective.
First though, let’s start with the basics.
What is Dental Glue?
Dental glue is basically a slang term for over-the-counter dental cement.
These dental cements are not advertised as long-term solutions. However, they are pretty effective at temporary fixes for chipped teeth, broken crowns, or damaged veneers.
There are several classifications of professional dental cement. However, it takes technical knowledge to understand the differences between these types. Just know that the highest quality dental cements can be found at your dentist’s office.
If you are intent on doing it yourself though, please at least use a product certified for oral care.
Can I Use Superglue to Fix my Tooth?
This may seem like a silly question to some, but it’s actually a common one.
It may surprise you how often superglue comes up as a possible solution to dental problems. When we say superglue, we refer to any of the cyanoacrylate-based adhesives with brand names like Super Glue or Krazy Glue.
You may even catch a few people on the Internet proclaiming that it worked for them. We even believe them. We don’t doubt that superglue can hold a bond on teeth. We just doubt that it comes without consequences.
The most obvious reason is that superglues bonds to skin instantly. This means you’re likely to glue your fingers to your mouth.
Cyanoacrylate is also a mild toxin. You are unlikely to have a reaction, but the fumes can cause asthma or other sensitivity issues. Superglue has also proven to be a skin irritant for some.
So while it may actually hold you tooth, you’re much better off going using a product specifically made for dental repairs.
The Best At Home Tooth Repair Products
Below, we have taken some of the best dental cements on the market and compared them.
These dental cement reviews are created by unbiased analysis of real customer reviews. We take into account not just overall rating, but what things people actually say about the product.
In this industry, there are a few standouts. But the majority of them are of about the same quality. We throw in a few of these wildcards to round out our top 5.
We use a strict set of criteria to measure these products against. This is the only way to see how they really stack up against each other.
Our Dental Glue Review Criteria
Strength of the initial bond is first and foremost. After that come longevity, comfort, and overall value based on price.
- Initial Strength: The initial power of the newly formed bond.
- Bond Durability: How long the bond lasts over time.
- Comfort: Comfort in the application process and afterwards.
- Value: Factoring in price per number of uses.
These factors serve as our measuring stick for our reviews of dental cement products. We use them to evaluate what real users say about each product.
With almost 80% of the amazon reviews of this product being 4 and 5 stars, it is the most most highly rated product on this list. Many satisfied customers commented that the bond seems to be professional strength.
This strong adhesive is a glass ionomer restorative cement that comes in a powder and liquid kit. The only negative comments seem to come from those who had hard time following directions. This is a powerful dental adhesive: one you don’t want to make mistakes with.
You may think that number 2 is too early to break the mold. But we don’t. This product is just too popular to ignore. Temptooth boasts over 1000 reviews on Amazon, with over 75% of those being 4 or 5 stars.
Temptooth doesn’t contain any cement. It actually a total tooth replacement solution. Temptooth actually replaces any missing teeth or parts of teeth. It is surprisingly easy to use and comes with free dental tools. It’s a great stop-gap solution, just don’t expect professional results.
With this product and the three after it, you’re looking at about the same thing. This is where the traditional dental glues you might find in the pharmacy or supermarket begin. None of them rated very well, but Dentek’s seems to be the best.
+40% five-star reviews isn’t bad, but +20% one-star reviews sure is. Part of the issue with these products is application. After all, dental professionals aren’t the ones leaving reviews. However, there does seem to be a fair amount of people who have made it last for years. Plus, it’s cheap.
Surprisingly enough, Dentemp Custom has better ratings than the original version, which is next on our list. Still, they aren’t very good. Similar to Dentek Tamparin, they are looking at just over 40% five-star reviews balanced against over 20% 5-star reviews.
It is kind of curious that this product rates almost as highly as number three on this list and so much better than Dentemp’s main product. That is because this cement requires the user to mix it and it only contains enough for a single application.
This, the original Dentemp, is one of the best sellers online, despite pretty poor reviews. This product actually has more 1-star than 5-star reviews (+40%). Some of these reviews may come from people expecting too much, but the ratio is bad any way you look at it.
This version of Dentemp is probably the most accessible product on this list. You can find it easily at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and grocery stores across the country. Add that to the low price point, and you start to see why it is a common choice for do-it-yourself tooth repair.
Using Dental Cement
First and foremost, always read the manufacturer’s instructions.
Each of these products uses its own proprietary blend. So it only makes sense that the instructions would have some variance. Reading and following them is really the only way to ensure a positive experience.
But here are some general do’s and don’ts:
- Make sure teeth are completely clean before use. This includes any broken or loose pieces you intend to reattach.
- Use less rather than more. You want to try to use as little as you can, as efficiently as possible. Apply it well and you won’t need a lot.
- Clear off any excess on tooth ridges with warm water and a cloth just after application. Just be sure not to put pressure on the bond yet.
- Wait longer than the label says before you attempt to chew with your newly cemented tooth/teeth.
- Look for “how to use” videos for your selected product and look through reviews to find special tips for the dental cement you selected.
- Don’t expect any of these products to provide more than a temporary fix. While they very well may, that is not their true intent.
Keep these things in mind and follow the product’s instructions and you should have a solid (if temporary) fix.
Hopefully, you have a good idea of which dental glues you’d like to try for your DIY tooth repair.
You should also have a good understanding of how to get the most out of whichever product you’ve chosen.
Again, we recommend a visit to the dentist to examine your permanent tooth repair options. They may also uncover damage to the pulp of your tooth or other issues that need to be taken care of.
Remember, teeth aren’t made to last forever. So make sure you take care of them while you have them or you may find that time cut short.