Denture Adhesives Without Zinc; What Are The Options?
Basically you have your choice of most name brand denture adhesives on the market. Creams, powders and wafers all have no zinc options. There is one glaring problem though, as denture wearers know, none of them really work. That is a bit of a problem!
Lets explore the zinc problem for a moment as we believe the problem is much deeper than zinc in denture adhesives. There are a couple of issues here; one obviously being the zinc in denture adhesives. The other is much more subtle. Why are denture wearers using so much denture adhesive in the first place? We believe there are two answers. People are not buying new dentures when they need them because of the high cost. Secondly, and sadly, there is a lack of skilled denture providers to provide proper clinical relines. The practice of denture making and relining is fast becoming a lost art. Sometimes dentures are even made overseas after impressions are taken. With a properly relined denture, the denture wearer is automatically exposed to less zinc because the bottom denture fits better. Not to mention the wearers overall quality of life improving with a properly made/relined denture. Our advice (we know it is difficult) is to find a denture provider than can provide a clinical reline and avoid masking the problems with large amounts of adhesives that can lead to unwanted zinc exposure. Please see our page on how to get the best reline possible.