Denture Adhesives: A London Dentist Offers Information
In London, a dentist can give you advice on denture adhesives. A denture adhesive can possibly be contemplated when the following situations arise for the denture wearer. These situations are: (a) to improve your happiness with a correctly fabricated denture, as denture adhesives will augment the hold, constancy, biting power, and the patient’s confidence levels; (b) to aid patients with xerostomia (mouth dryness) problems which reduces denture hold in the mouth, these can include patients that have been taking medications, have disabilities, and older patients; and (c) to give extra support to patients that require it, possible due to strong facial muscles, while eating certain foods, and patients that are more in the public eye.
Denture adhesives should not be used as a substitution for a new denture, when the patient’s old denture no longer fits properly, and when the patient has an allergy to the denture adhesive. When applying your denture adhesive, apply a minimal amount, and spread it uniformly over the areas of the denture in close contact with the underlying tissues (your London dentist will show you how to perform this procedure). Apply as needed, but one thing you should know is that denture adhesives give the best results when placed on a properly made denture.
These are two types of denture adhesive; paste and powder. Both types should be applied to a slightly wet denture. However, and paste type may also be used on a dry denture. You should try not to apply the adhesive near the sides of the denture(s). For the upper denture it is suggested that you place three small dots (one on each side of the center ridge and one in front, and a small line down the middle of the denture). For the lower denture it is suggested that you place three pea sized drops of adhesive in the middle ridge; bilaterally and one in front. To apply a powder denture adhesive, moisten the denture with water, and squeeze out a thin layer of powder over the tissue side of the dentures, shake off the excess powder and insert the denture into your mouth after you take a small drink of water.
Adhesives are not dangerous, but they should be used as directed. If adhesives are used to fill avoids due to poorly-fitting dentures, you will have problems with overgrowth of soft tissue beneath the denture(s) and inflammatory problems.