Dentures are dental appliances that are recommended for people who are partially or totally edentulous. These are usually worn to improve the facial profile and retard or prevent bone resorption. Tooth loss can be caused by a multitude of reasons. It is usually caused by severe periodontal disease, dental caries, or traumatic blow to the maxilla or mandible, malnutrition and calcium deficiency. This dental appliance is removable, unlike dental implants, which requires minor surgery as they are attached to the alveolar bone. To facilitate hold and placement, a denture adhesive can be used.
While some people may prefer to get dental implants, there are cases wherein a patient would make a poor candidate for the procedure. If a patient has autoimmune diseases that are untreated or uncontrolled, insufficient alveolar bone height that cannot be remedied by bone grafting or severe gum infection. There are also some ideal candidates who prefer dentures because they are cost-effective and easy to maintain
What Is The Best Denture Adhesive?
Currently, these have been studies that show that ingesting high levels of zinc can cause health risks. In the past most denture adhesives had zinc. Currently, many denture adhesive manufacturers have reformulated their wares and are now selling zinc free bonding agents. These come in different variants. The consumer can choose denture adhesives in cream, powder or wafer form. Cream variants require a one inch placement on each quadrant, the maxillary palatal area and the central mandibular indentation. Denture adhesive powders are easy to use as well. Placement is facilitated by wetting the denture in water and sprinkling no more than ¼ teaspoon of the powder on the denture. The patient will then have to hold the dental appliance in place until it sets. For those who want extra cushioning, a dental adhesive wafer is formed to fit the maxillary and mandibular arch. They need to be wet with water to bond the denture to the edentulous arch.
A denture wearer may prefer one type to the others. It depends on the ease of placement and the hold. Some denture adhesive manufacturers have extra hold variants that work best for those with partially resorbed alveolar ridges.
Denture Adhesive Removal
These bonding agents are non-soluble in water. Dentures must be removed at night to rest the gums and prevent bacteria build-up and inflammation. Care must be used when cleaning the dentures to prevent dropping or warping them. Never use warm water to clean your dentures as they may warp. Denture toothpaste and a denture brush are used to remove traces of adhesive. Clean the underside with soft circular strokes to avoid abrasion. After all the debris has been removed, store the denture in a glass of water with denture cleanser.
Dentures may warp over time or they might require relining to maintain proper fit. If you notice certain impingement that causes discomfort or looseness even with the use of denture adhesive, discontinue the use of the device until you have it checked by a dental professional.