In this Article
- Introduction to dentures
- What are complete dentures?
- What are partial dentures?
- Are there alternatives to dentures?
- Does insurance cover the cost of dentures?
- How are dentures made?
- What do new dentures feel like?
- Will dentures make me look different?
- Will eating with new dentures be difficult?
- Will dentures change how I speak?
- Are dentures worn 24 hours a day?
- Should I use a denture adhesive?
- When shouldn't denture adhesives be considered?
- How are denture adhesives applied?
- What are the types of denture adhesives?
- Are denture adhesives safe?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
How Are Denture Adhesives Applied?
Here are some tips to consider when applying denture adhesives:
- Use the minimum amount necessary to provide the maximum benefit. Apply less than you think you need, and then gradually increase the amount until you feel comfortable.
- Distribute the adhesive evenly on the tissue bearing surface of the denture
- Apply or reapply when necessary to provide the desired effect
- Always apply the adhesive to a thoroughly clean denture
- Remember adhesives work best with a well-fitting denture.
What Are the Types of Denture Adhesives?
Paste application. Apply this denture adhesive to a dry or preferably wet denture. Avoid
placing adhesive close to the denture borders. If the adhesive oozes, use less
of the product. For dentures on the upper jaw, apply three short strips of
adhesive-or a series of small dots-along the ridge area and one down the
center. For dentures on the lower jaw, apply three short strips of
adhesive -- ora series of small dots -- inthe center of the ridge area.
- Powder application. Sprinkle a thin, uniform layer throughout the tissue-bearing surface of the denture. Shake off excess powder and press the denture into place. Powders may be preferred over pastes because they are easier to clean off the denture and tissue. In addition, they don't have the same tendency as pastes do to "shim" (keep the denture away from the tissue).
Are Denture Adhesives Safe?
Dental adhesives are safe as long as they are used as directed. If the denture is well-fitting and the adhesive is only used to give added stability, there should be no ill effects. If adhesives are used excessively to fill voids for an ill-fitting denture, they can be harmful to the underlying soft and hard tissues. Occasionally, in these cases, inflammation of the soft tissues can result. In addition, because of its movement on the soft tissue and underlying bone, an ill-fitting denture can cause bone loss.
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Reviewed by Elverne M. Tonn, DDS on February 8, 2009
Last Editorial Review: 2/8/2009
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