Denture Adhesive Question and Answer

Having operated a denture practice for over 50 years, we’ve found that people many questions about denture adhesives. These are Dr. Kandarian’s responses to commonly asked questions about denture adhesives.  Don’t see the answer to your question here?  Email us at


What is the best holding denture adhesive?

The million dollar question!    Which one works best for you is really a case of trial and error because your saliva makeup plays such a large role in which adhesive will work.  Not matter which adhesive works for you hot drinks will always be a problem as they gradually loosen any adhesive.  This is caused by the heat thinning the adhesive material and then losing grip against the oral tissues.

What kind of denture adhesives are available?

There are 3 different types of denture adhesives.  The first type would classified as a ‘powder type’, meaning you shake the adhesive into the tissue area of the denture.  Second would be classified as a ‘paste’.  These would be something like toothpaste and you place it in the tissue area of the dentures.  Third would be a form of denture liner that you actually cut to fit your denture shape and then place this cut form in the tissue areas of the dentures.

What is the best adhesive for a lower denture?

There is not a denture adhesive designed specifically for lower dentures.  I’ll put a little plug in for Stabil-Dent here as it is specifically designed for the lower denture.  With adhesives, it is simply a matter of trial and error to find the adhesive that works best with your saliva content and oral conditions.

What are the effects of Zinc in denture adhesives?

Large amounts of Zinc are no longer used in denture adhesives.  Tests were done from approximately 2008 – 2010 on several patients in different studies and found that the main danger from zinc in denture adhesives was an imbalance in their copper levels.  This condition lead to crippling disabilities and usually lead to numbness and tingling in their fingers and toes.  This then progressed to Neuropathy.  The one common factor that was discovered with all of the patients examined was the over-use of denture adhesives.  Too many people think that by using large amounts of denture adhesives, they can avoid denture relines.  Dentures need to fit correctly without the necessity for denture adhesives!


What denture adhesive is most like Cushion Grip®?

Cushion grip was purchased by Bayer and then discontinued.  I do not know the reasoning and as far as I know there is not a similar product on the market.  We feel Stabil-Dent can help any adhesive provide the stability that Cushion Grip® provided.

What is the longest lasting denture adhesive?

There is not a denture adhesive sold that is marketed as having the longest lasting hold.  Again, your saliva and oral condition will determine which adhesive holds longest for you.  Remember, denture adhesives should only be utilized after the natural teeth have been removed and the tissues are healing.  The duration of this treatment should be for no more than 6 months.

Is there a semi-permanent adhesive for dentures?

Yes; it is called a reline.  I know I’m being smart here but a reline really is the best and only way to fix your denture for the long term.

How Do I remove denture adhesive from my mouth?

We have found denture adhesive sticks to cotton.  We recommend using 2×2 cotton gauze pads to remove the denture adhesive left over in your mouth.

What is the best way to clean denture adhesive?

By using hot water and a mild detergent with a toothbrush to get down into the tissue bearing areas of the dentures.  While you are cleaning the dentures with your toothbrush, you should actually be brushing the tissues in your mouth with a clean toothbrush so as to stimulate the nerve endings that once were attached to your natural teeth.  This brushing of the tissues should be done at least twice a day.  This will help keep your tissue healthy and slow done the shrinkage process.

What is the best adhesive for a new denture wearer? 

As I’ve stated, a trial and error approach should be utilized to find which adhesive works best for you.  Remembering that you should receive tissue conditioners from your denture provider while the tissues are healing and adhesives should not be necessary if tissues conditioners are done correctly.

Can powdered adhesives damage dentures? 


What is the best way to remove denture adhesive from your gums?

 We use sterile 2X2’s (cotton swabs will work) because the cotton material will actually grab the adhesives.  Other than that, a toothbrush will help loosen the edges and then it’s simply a matter of grabbing the edges and pulling it out piece by piece.

Is there long term danger of using adhesive for dentures?

Long term usage of denture adhesives will not harm you so long as you are not using a ‘zinc’ product adhesive.  I don’t believe there are any zinc product denture adhesives available anymore.

What is the next best adhesive to Cushion Grip thermoplastic denture adhesive?

There is no next best product to cushion grip as far as I know .  Get you dentures appropriately relined and a denture adhesive should not be necessary.

How long after tooth extraction is it safe to use denture adhesive?

The general healing time for tissue healing is 6 months.  The denture[s] should receive tissue conditioners if there are a lot of extractions during the healing time.  Small amounts of denture adhesives can be utilized to help with the stabilization of the denture[s].

What is the world’s most effective denture adhesive (something maybe not legal here?)

 I know of no magic adhesive that the Japanese, Russians, Chinese or anyone else are hiding from us.

Is there a denture adhesive that works with hot drinks?

I don’t know of any that hot drinks won’t loosen.

Why does my denture adhesive not work very long?

It could be that you haven’t found the one that works best for you or it could be that your saliva will not allow a denture adhesive to bond with the tissues.  As soon as practical and possible, you should get your dentures relined so they fit your oral tissues properly.

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