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If you have lost teeth due to age, injury or illness, dentures can provide an excellent solution to replacing missing teeth and restoring chewing, speaking and aesthetic function. These removable oral appliances are economical, look natural and fit better than ever before. Whether you are missing several teeth or all of them, dentures can be right for you!

Whether you are wearing complete dentures (replacing all of the missing teeth in a full dental arch) or a partial denture (a thin framework with clasps that can be used when you still have some natural teeth of your own), you might consider using a denture adhesive to ensure extra stability for peace of mind when you cough, sneeze or bite down.

Denture adhesive is a non-toxic, water-soluble material applied to the underside of dentures that meets the gums when you wear your dentures. The adhesive layer created keeps the dentures more securely in place to stop them from slipping around in the mouth. Dental adhesive can be used for wearing either full or partial dentures when you want a little extra security.

Denture adhesives can come in various forms, such as paste, gel, powder and pads:

-With gels and pastes, they’re simply applied directly to the denture before you place it in your mouth.

-Powders will need to be mixed with water before applying them to your dentures.

-Pads will need to be trimmed to fit your dentures before placing the sticky side to the denture and moistened before putting them in your mouth.

Your saliva helps the adhesive grip more strongly to keep the dentures stable along the gum line. While the adhesive doesn’t harm your teeth or dentures you’ll want to sanitize your mouth every evening by removing the dentures and thoroughly cleaning them to prevent bacterial buildup. Be sure to have your dentures checked every six months, sooner if you notice changes in their comfort.

If, however, your dentures are not fitting properly and aren’t allowing them to stay in place when you eat, speak, or smile, you’ll likely need to see our denturist about a refitting. This can happen when wearing dentures over time as the supporting oral structures change shape. If your dentures aren’t fitting correctly, you may encounter all kinds of issues, including soreness and injury to teeth and gums. But if your dentures do fit well, wearing denture adhesive can simply be an extra security measure to boost your self-confidence.

At Tenino Denture Center in Tenino, Washington, we offer our patients custom-made full and partial dentures. If you would like to learn more about your denture options, you can schedule a consultation with our denturist, MaeNell Sullivan by calling 360-264-5500 today!