While modern dentures are incredibly comfortable, many patients may need a little help with making them stay put. Denture adhesives are products that can help keep dentures fixed in their place. For some people, these adhesives can be a great way to make their current pair of dentures fit properly while they’re waiting for a reline or a new set to be made. Here’s a brief overview of the different types of denture adhesives and how they work.
How Do Denture Adhesives Work?
Denture adhesives serve to adhere dentures in place so they do not move while the patient speaks or eats and to fill in the gaps between the denture and the gum tissue. Researchers have found that denture adhesives enhance these appliances’ retention, bite force, and chewing ability. They can also help prevent food debris from building up between the denture and the gum tissue and improve a patient’s comfort and confidence while wearing them.
What Are the Different Kinds of Denture Adhesive?
There are several types of denture adhesive, a few of them being:
Creams: Denture adhesive creams can seal out almost 75% of food particles with a durable, all-day hold. They also come in convenient tubes that make controlling the flow of the product easy.
Powders: Denture adhesive powders offer many patients a mess-free alternative to creams. A small amount of powder can keep your dentures in place for up to twelve hours.
Strips: Denture adhesive strips come pre-cut with the proper amount of adhesive. This gives many patients an easy option that can help keep out irritating food particles.
How Can I Use Denture Adhesives?
Different denture adhesive products may have different instructions. Generally, to put your dentures in, you must apply a little bit of the product to the dentures and then bite down firmly on them for a few seconds. You used too much if there is any extra adhesive overflowing from your bite. Do not swallow any adhesive and do not eat for at least five minutes.
Dentures should be removed and soaked for at least eight hours every day. Most patients do this before they sleep. Thoroughly brush your dentures with a soft brush and an approved non-abrasive denture cleaner, taking care to remove all adhesive. Then thoroughly clean your mouth to eliminate any lingering adhesive there. Your dentures should be soaked overnight in lukewarm water or a denture-cleaning solution.
About the Practice
Coombs, Ross & Sourlis Family Dentistry of Rock Hill, LLC delivers the best oral health services available in Rock Hill, SC. Led by Drs. Coombs, Ross, & Sourlis, the staff ensures each patient receives effective treatments and courteous customer service. Areas of expertise include preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry in addition to denture services. For more information on denture adhesive, contact the office online or dial (803) 592-6201.