Denture adhesive – is it ok to use?
Many people use denture adhesive to keep their dentures from falling out every time they laugh, cough or open their mouth to enjoy their favorite foods. A recent study has shown that Americans spend more than 4 billion dollars on denture adhesive every year! This is more money than is actually spent on dentures. The truth is that a well fitting denture should not require denture adhesive at all.
Over time your dentures become loose due to the constantly shrinking jaw bone and supporting tissue. When this happens many reach for that tube of denture adhesive instead of really addressing the problem. Depending on the condition of your denture teeth you may be able to have your denture refitted with a denture reline or rebase. If your denture teeth are severely worn you are in need of a new denture. Masking the problem with denture adhesive can lead to complications which could be difficult and costly to correct the longer it is left.
Are denture adhesives dangerous to my health?
In the past there had been concerns with dentures adhesives containing zinc which can be dangerous to your health if ingested in excess. Today there are many adhesives available that do not contain zinc or the amount is so low it does not raise a risk. The most dangerous thing about denture adhesive is the fact that they can help mask a more serious problem. An ill fitting denture can cause damage to both your tissue and your jaw, which can lead to serious conditions such a TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) or hyperplastic tissue (over growth of tissue).
When is it ok to use denture adhesive?
Denture adhesive can help you through transitional periods such as
- Waiting for treatment– if you are waiting for an appointment with your denture provider to have your denture relined or maybe you are in the process of having a new denture made. Denture adhesive will help secure your denture in the meantime and prevent it from rubbing on your gums.
- Immediate denture patients– after having your teeth extracted, your bone undergoes a lot of changes. Temporary liners placed by your denture provider help to keep dentures tight while these changes happen but sometimes a little adhesive can help stabilize your denture in between these appointments. Do not place adhesive over extraction sites.
- Excessive bone resorption- when your jaw bone have severely resorbed it can be difficult to obtain retention (especially on the lower arch) without dental implants. Denture adhesive can be used to offer support to a floating denture if implants are not an option.
If you look at the amount of money spent on dentures over your lifetime, a fixed denture is actually an affordable option to eliminate retention issues. A conventional denture needs to be replaced every 5-7 years and relined every 12-24 months. If you add up the total expenses over time, a implant retained denture becomes the less expensive option. Many dental offices we work with also offer payment plans to make the initial cost easier to tackle and your implant denture is also tax deductible!
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