We’ve written repeatedly about dentures and denture care here at The Dental Health Blog. There are times however, when we must ensure that we stress the basics, such as how to care for your dentures and how to use denture adhesives.
You may wish to use a denture adhesive to ensure the security of your new, replacement teeth, but this should never be considered a replacement for properly fitted dentures. When using a denture adhesive, use the minimal amount that keeps your device secure, and make sure you remove and soak them at the end of every day.
Types of Denture Adhesives
There are, essentially, two types of denture adhesives available:
- Denture adhesive paste. Rinse your mouth and your dentures before using the adhesive. Squeeze a small amount of the adhesive from the tube onto the ridge and center of your dentures – in this case, less is more and you can always add more adhesive if needed. Press your dentures into place and hold for a few moments.
- Denture adhesive powder. Rinse your mouth and your dentures before using the adhesive. Sprinkle a thin, even layer of the adhesive powder along all tissue-bearing surfaces of your denture. Shake off any excess adhesive powder. Press your dentures into place and hold for a few moments.
When removing your dentures, first rinse your mouth with water then rock them gently from side to side to loosen them. Brush and rinse your dentures to remove any adhesive, before placing them to soak.
If you care for your dentures they should provide you with years of comfortable eating, speaking and smiling. Of course, you will still want to visit your prosthodontist or dentist regularly to have your dentures to be relined (readapted to the gum tissue), or have repairs, and ensure the best fit possible.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.