What is denture adhesive and do I need it?

What is denture adhesive and do I need it?

Whether you are new to dentures, have worn them for years, or know someone who struggles with them, you likely have some questions about how best to get them to stay in place securely and comfortably. If your dentures fit well but you are looking for some extra security, denture adhesive can offer some piece of mind.

Denture adhesives are available in a few different forms including gel, paste, powders, and even pads, but knowing which to use, or even if adhesive is the right choice for you, can be difficult. Luckily we have everything you need to know about denture adhesives right here.

What is denture adhesive?

Denture adhesive is a product that is applied to the underside of dentures and comes into contact with the gums as the dentures are worn. The adhesive creates a layer between the dentures and the gums that make it more difficult for dentures to move around or slip out of place. Adhesive is suitable for both full and partial denture wearers who would appreciate a little extra security but should not be necessary to keep dentures in place.

Do I need to use denture adhesive?

Generally speaking, if dentures are properly fitted, denture adhesive is not necessary to keep them in place. If you feel that you need something to help your full or partial dentures stay in place, speak to your dentist about having your dentures refitted before attempting to fix the issue with adhesive. Over time and as you age, the supporting structures in your mouth can grow and change shape, causing dentures to no longer fit as well. Ill fitting dentures can cause soreness, injury, or damage of other teeth and should be properly fitted as soon as possible. If your dentures fit well but you are looking for some extra security, denture adhesive can offer some piece of mind. Adhesive is never recommended as a permanent solution to serious fitting problems with false teeth of any kind.

What types of denture adhesives are there?

Denture adhesives are available in a few different forms including gel, paste, powders, and even pads. Adhesives that come as gels or pastes are applied directly to the denture which is then put into the mouth. Powders on the other hand, need to be mixed with water as per the manufacturer’s instructions before being applied to dentures. Pads, also known as seals, require trimming to fit your unique dentures then are applied directly to dentures with the sticky side of the pad. The pad is then moistened before being put in the mouth.

How does it work?

For most adhesives, the saliva in the mouth changes the consistency of the adhesive to give it a stronger and more elastic grip. This grip keeps the dentures in place along the gum line. Each denture adhesive is slightly different so be sure to follow the application instructions given by the manufacturer very carefully. Denture adhesive should never ooze out from underneath dentures, and if it does there is significantly too much being applied.

Will it affect my dentures or my teeth?

Denture adhesives are not harmful to dentures or teeth but can become unsanitary if not cleaned away every evening. Dentures should always be taken out while sleeping and should never be stored with adhesive on them. Each application of denture adhesive is not meant to last longer than one use and not cleaning dentures thoroughly after this use can cause a buildup of bacteria that can lead to infections or other health issues.

More information

To learn more about whether or not you should be using denture adhesives, to find out if your dentures need resizing, or for any other inquiries, speak to your dentist. If you do not currently have a dentist or are looking to visit a new dental practice, take a look at 123Dentist’s list of the dental practices providing denture services in the Lower Mainland.

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