What is the Best Type of Denture Adhesive?

January 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — michaelzhangdmd @ 3:53 am

Cream denture adhesive being applied to dentureYour dentures should rest comfortably on your gums, only needing suction to stay in place. However, sometimes you might want a little extra security. An adhesive can help hold your dentures in place if you plan to eat steak or have a speaking engagement. Although you don’t want to rely on an adhesive, it can be helpful at times. Here’s how to choose the best denture adhesive for your situation.

Types of Denture Adhesives

Denture adhesives come in many forms, and the best one comes down to personal preferences. You might have to try different types and brands to find one that works well for you. When selecting an adhesive, you can choose between:

  • Creams: Many people prefer denture creams because they are easy to use and seal out about 74% of food particles. They also come in many flavors, like mint. It’s applied in short strips on the undersurface of a denture. Simply press and hold your dentures in place. Bite down to secure the hold.
  • Powders: A powder adhesive can maintain a tight fit for up to 12 hours. It’s easy to apply. Sprinkle it on your denture’s undersurface and shake off any extra powder. Place your dentures in your mouth and bite down to set them in place. It’s best to look for zinc-free powders.
  • Strips: Adhesive strips are convenient and simple to use for an all-day hold. Moisten the strips with water before placing them on your denture. Bite down after putting them in your mouth to ensure a snug fit.

It can take some trial and error, but you’ll have better stability in no time. An adhesive can enhance your bite force and chewing ability while also preventing food debris from getting trapped underneath your denture. You’ll feel more confident knowing your dentures aren’t going to slip or fall out. 

Although an adhesive offers various benefits, it shouldn’t be used as a long-term solution to keep slipping dentures in place. Poor-fitting dentures can lead to sores, infections, and bone loss over time. Not to mention, you’ll need replacements sooner.

Maintaining a Snug Fit

It’s important to visit your dentist regularly to have your dentures relined. You’ll maintain a comfortable fit and get the most from your dentures. If you’re interested in stopping slipping and irritation for good, ask your dentist about the benefits of adding dental implants to your denture.

If you need an adhesive to keep your teeth in place, don’t ignore the issue. Contact your dentist to find the solutions you need for unmatched stability.

About Dr. Michael Zhang

Dr. Zhang achieved his dental degree at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in various specialties, like soft tissue lasers, orthodontics, and dental implants. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (714) 559-3883.

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