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Denture Adhesives: A Comprehensive Guide for Optimal Use

Choosing the right denture adhesive can be crucial for denture wearers seeking comfort and stability. With various options like powders, pastes, and pads available, the choice often boils down to personal preference.  Relying solely on adhesives for a secure-fitting denture has its drawbacks. In this blog post, we'll explore the advantages and disadvantages of denture adhesives and offer insights into their optimal usage.


 

Advantages:

 

  • Nutrition Improvement: Secure dentures facilitate easy chewing, enabling you to enjoy a diverse range of foods.

  • Comfort: Denture adhesives provide a sense of security, boosting confidence and preventing slippage.

  • Cost Considerations: While adhesive costs are lower, investing in denture refitting or a new set could be a more cost-effective and long-term solution.



Disadvantages:

 

  • Messy Application: Adhesives, regardless of type, can be messy and require careful application.

  • Increased Maintenance: Regular removal of old adhesive is essential to prevent bacterial growth and infections.

  • Zinc Contamination (Oral): Overuse of adhesives containing zinc may lead to Zinc Toxicity, causing prolonged numbness and nerve impairment. Opt for zinc-free adhesives to avoid this risk.



 

Oral Zinc Toxicity Warning:


"Chronic zinc ingestion may result in gastrointestinal and neurological issues. Seek medical help immediately if you suspect Zinc Toxicity."

 

 

 

How to use Denture Adhesive:


  •  Apply approximately three pea-sized dots on the fitting surface of your denture.

  • Observe for oozing; excessive adhesive indicates overuse.

  • Follow individualized instructions from your Denturist and the manufacturer.

 

When to Avoid Adhesive Use:

 

  • Consult your Denturist here at Beausejour Denture Clinic for guidance on when to use or avoid adhesives.

  • Do not use adhesive to address ill-fitting dentures; schedule a yearly check-up for adjustments.

  • Wait until post-extraction healing before adding adhesive to tender tissue sites.

  • Regular denture cleaning is crucial; avoid adhesives if you're not diligent in daily maintenance.



 

Consider this..

 

Denture adhesives offer a temporary fix; regular check-ups with your Denturist are essential.


Understand that denture maintenance, including relining, is common.


Long-term solutions for loose lower dentures may involve dental implants due to jaw bone shrinkage over time.

 

While denture adhesives may play a role in enhancing comfort and stability, they should not substitute for proper denture care and maintenance. Yearly check-ups with your denturist at Beausejour Denture Clinic are vital to address evolving oral needs and ensure the longevity of your dentures. Remember, denture maintenance is an ongoing process, and seeking professional advice is key to a confident and comfortable denture-wearing experience.





Denture adhesive being applied to a complete upper denture.
Denture Adhesive Application






 

Beausejour Denture Clinic is located in Beausejour, Manitoba. Established in 1977, our team is confident that we can help you love your smile again. Beausejour Denture has denture solutions for all budgets and is here to help you understand the cost of dentures and the process of getting new dentures. Our team of Denturists and expert staff are here to help you get the smile you've always wanted. Call us at 204.268.3488. Book your Free Consultation Today!

 

 

Reference:

Agnew, U. M. (2022, January 6). Zinc toxicity. StatPearls [Internet]. Retrieved February 10, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK554548/

 

 

 

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