Denture Adhesive Questions and Answers
Having operated a denture practice for over 50 years, we’ve found that people have 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Cushion grip was purchased by Bayer and then discontinued. I do not know what the reasoning was. It has recently been reintroduced but I do not know if it is the same formula. We feel Stabil-Dent can help any adhesive provide the stability that Cushion Grip® provided.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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.