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How to Use a Denture Adhesive

August 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — thedentalsmile @ 6:51 pm

Woman with dentures holding an appleDentures have been used for generations to restore beautiful, functional smiles. They look and feel more realistic than ever, thanks to advanced technology and high-quality materials. Your new set of teeth will fit comfortably on your gum tissue, relying on suction to stay in place. Well-fitting dentures shouldn’t require an adhesive; however, sometimes you might want a little extra security. Whether you’re enjoying a juicy steak, have a speaking engagement, or your dentures are slipping, you may benefit from an adhesive. Not all adhesives are equal, and it may take time to find the right product for you. Don’t worry, here’s how you can remove trial and error when using denture adhesive. 

When Should I Use a Denture Adhesive?

An adhesive isn’t meant to serve as a long-term fix for slipping dentures. Instead, it’s designed to provide temporary stability for certain situations. The Cleveland Clinic recommends an adhesive if:

  • You needed added strength for a better sense of comfort and confidence.
  • You suffer from dry mouth caused by certain medications or medical conditions.
  • You need enhanced strength when speaking a lot. 

Although an adhesive can be helpful, your dentist will advise against using a product if:

  • You have poor oral hygiene habits.
  • You are allergic to the ingredients.
  • You’re trying to remedy poorly-fitting dentures.
  • Your dentures need to be relined or replaced.
  • You come to rely on an adhesive for the proper fit. 

Which Type of Adhesive is Best?

There isn’t a one size fits all product. You may have to try different types or brands to find the perfect fit for your smile, which can include:

  • Strips
  • Powers
  • Pastes

How Do I Use a Denture Adhesive?

Applying an adhesive for an all-day hold is easy by following a few tips:

  1. Clean your dentures well using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
  2. Apply the adhesive to your dentures according to the instructions on the packaging.
  3. Carefully position your dentures in your mouth and hold them in place for a few seconds.

It can take some experimenting to find the right amount of adhesive for your needs. However, if you have extra overflow, you’re using too much. Typically, a 2.4-ounce adhesive should last for 7-8 weeks when used on the upper and lower teeth.

At the end of the day, take your dentures out and clean them well, making sure to remove any adhesive. Don’t forget to clean your gums to remove any residue from your mouth. 

Invest in Added Stability

If you’re relying on an adhesive to hold your teeth in place, it’s time to contact your dentist for adjustments or a replacement. If you’re interested in stopping slipping and irritation for good, ask your dentist about adding dental implants to your denture.

About Dr. Idan Snapir

Dr. Snapir earned his dental degree from UCLA and pursued his education in dental implants, orthodontics, and full mouth reconstruction. His diverse skill set allows him to treat the most complex oral health issues, like tooth loss. Contact our office today to request your consultation.

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