Dentists inform their patients not to use super glue on teeth.

Cyanoacrylates are chemical compounds known for their bonding strength.

Dr. Harry Coover and Fred Joyner of Kodak Laboratories performed experiments in 1942 to make the compound.

I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

On many occasions patients have come into the office after re-cementation

of crowns and bridges, with Super Glue, assuming it would secure their dental work.

The chemical compound, cyanoacrylate, commonly called Super Glue, is toxic and not to be used within the oral cavity.

The glue irritates sensitive membranes in the eyes, nose, and throat.

For dentists this adhesive is difficult to remove from dental work and teeth.

Patients that use this product beyond it’s intended use run the risk of endangering their health.

Body tissues such as skin and teeth are porous. Using cyanoacrylate glue has a tendency to bond to these tissues.

Because of the oil in skin and the exfoliation of cells, the bond of the glue is broken down over time.

Teeth on the other hand require intense scraping to remove cyanoacrylate glue.

The glue weakens teeth and should be avoided as an option in the mouth.

There is an unsafe form of alcohol created when this glue is used.

These products cause a chemical reaction that generate heat for faster curing.

It is my opinion the chemical process that generates heat, the porous condition of dentin after teeth have been prepared to receive crowns, and the formation of alcohol radicals can de-mineralize the remaining tooth structure.

Traditional glue compounds as used in school rely upon evaporation to form a cement bond.

Cyanoacrylate glue also interferes with the polymerization process of the acrylic denture base.

Laboratory technicians report problems attempting to repair partials and dentures after these glues have been used by patients looking for a quick home repair.

The polymerization process is compromised not yielding the most stable bond.

Inflammation, tissue necrosis, granulation formation, and wound breakdown can occur when cyanoacrylates are implanted subcutaneously, one report states.

The process causing the histological toxicity is thought to be related to the by-products of degradation, cyanoacetate and formaldehyde.

Standard Super Glue is 100% ethyl cyanoacrylate, a toxic chemical if used within the body.

N-butyl-cyanoacrylates are for medical applications.

They are used in the place of sutures. During cosmetic surgery and after the birth of a child, N-butyl-cyanoacrylates seem to secure tissue very well.

Ethyl cyanoacrylate commonly known as Super Glue should not be used in the oral cavity because of it’s toxic effect on body tissue.

Do not use super glue on teeth.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S.

References: Wikipedia,, Picture form Video Game entitled Pain.







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I am a dentist in the Kansas City, MO. area willing to help in the world where dental health care is needed and appreciated. To date we have established a dental clinic in Israel and evaluated the healthcare delivery system in Havana Cuba. Serving my community at this time as a photo journalist also.

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