Dental Tips Blog

Jan
6

Find the Right Denture Adhesive

Posted in Dentures

Has your denture gotten a little loose, lately? You’re probably checking out the oral care isle at the store for products that can help stabilize your bite. Which ones work best?

Types of Denture Adhesives

Denture adhesives come in a variety of forms including:

  • Pastes (most popular)
  • Creams
  • Liners
  • Powders (most messy)

Most adhesives often come with claims of creating an air-tight seal with the gums and freshening the breath. It will depend on your oral anatomy as to whether or not this is the case.

What is an Adhesive Used For?

Adhesives are usually recommended for first-time denture wearers. An adhesive provides an element of security while getting used to wearing dentures.

Contrary to popular opinion, an adhesive should not be relied upon to correct a problem with denture fit. You may personally find that an adhesive makes your denture more comfortable in general, and that’s perfectly fine. But don’t ignore the signs – if your denture is not fitting properly, it will eventually need an adjustment or replacement. You can’t ignore this by using an adhesive indefinitely or you could cause serious damage to your mouth.

The Best Denture Solutions

A well-fitting and well-made denture shouldn’t need the help of an adhesive. An adhesive might see you through an emergency, but if your denture needs an adjustment, then you shouldn’t wait. Ask your dentist for help.

It’s pretty common for folks to have a hard time getting a lower denture to stay in place. That’s why it’s so tempting to layer on the paste or powder.

As an alternative to this messy habit, many patients are looking to implant technology for anchoring their dentures into place. Ask your dentist what kind of denture and denture products are right for your health and lifestyle.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Mar
27

Do You Need Denture Adhesive?

Posted in Dentures

Does every denture patient have to use denture adhesive?  There are many adhesive products available on the market. Each one is designed to encourage a more secure and comfortable fit between your artificial teeth and the supporting tissues of your mouth. Some common examples of adhesives include:

  • Denture Pastes or Glues sparingly applied to the dentures, stored in something that resembles a toothpaste tube.
  • Powders, that mix with your saliva.
  • Thin Liners, which are sheets that are moistened and then applied to the denture.

The product you choose is simply a matter of personal preference. While there are many options that promise a strong, all-day, secure fit, do you really need a denture adhesive?

Do You Need Adhesive or a Visit To Your Dentist?

If you’re new to wearing dentures, the newness of your prosthetic smile may create unease until you get used to them and feel more confident. But don’t jump to adhesive right away. In most cases, you just need a little time to adjust to the prosthesis.

Sometimes dentures are placed just after an extraction. As the area around the procedure heals, the gum may resorb creating a looser fit for the denture. Instead of opting for an adhesive, your dentist will need to adjust or re-line your prosthesis.

While denture adhesive can offer many benefits to give you a more confident smile, it should never be used to accommodate poor denture fit. A properly fitted denture, in most cases, shouldn’t need adhesive to stay in place. If your dentures don’t fit correctly, speak to your dentist about having them examined for fit or an adjustment.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

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