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All You Need to Know About Dentures


Dentures are false teeth that replace lost ones. You can have partial dentures or complete dentures. Partial ones replace one or several teeth, while complete ones cover the whole lower or upper jaw.

At first, wearing dentures may feel weird. Eating and speaking might be different from what you were used to. It’s harder to feel hot drinks and foods when you’re wearing them. Sometimes, people report not being able to notice biting on something hard, like a bone.

How Long Does Getting Dentures Take?

At first, you may need several appointments until your dentist is sure the dentures fit. With time, your mouth will undergo changes and you might need to have them replaced or corrected.

Denture adhesive could help if they’re moving around too much in your mouth. Denture adhesives are adhesive pads, pastes, or powders that your dentist will place in or on dentures. To improve adhesion, some of them contain zinc.

People don’t usually need adhesives as long as their dentures fit properly and are well-maintained. Such a need may arise with time, as changes in the bone structure of the mouth cause dentures to loosen. If this happens, the dentist relines them or makes new ones.

Are There Any Risks?

Some people worry about using products that contain zinc. Too much zinc in the body can lead to nerve damage and other health problems. Overuse of adhesives that contain zinc, particularly in combination with dietary supplements that contain the mineral, can contribute to its excess in the system. However, the FDA does not report being aware of adverse reactions such as nerve damage or numbness to zinc-containing denture adhesives. In a study published by the Agency, subjects used at least two tubes of adhesives containing zinc per week.

Tips for Denture Wearers

People who wear dentures may find it hard to determine the proper amount of adhesive to use. If you aren’t sure, call your dentist and ask. Denture wearers should also be aware that a lot of denture adhesive might not solve issues with poorly fitting dentures. Long-term use of poorly fitting dentures can lead to a risk of excessive bone loss.

Avoid consuming foods and beverages that can cause swollen gums, stains, or bad breath if you wear dentures. Brush them with a suitable care product daily and remove them at night. They should soak in a cleansing liquid or water overnight.

In addition, we recommend that users of adhesive products do not use more of it than is necessary. Always follow the instructions. If they are unclear, talk to your dentist or another dental professional.

The FDA points out that manufacturers do not always indicate what their product ingredients are. If you are very worried about zinc for whatever reason, there are zinc-free adhesives available as well.

Final Thoughts

There is a minimal chance of you experiencing symptoms such as tingling, numbness, or nerve pain. This could happen for a variety of reasons, including quite a few completely unrelated to the adhesive that contains zinc. If the symptoms worry you, stop using the adhesive and talk to a doctor. It’s always best to begin with a small amount of adhesive. It’s too much if it’s oozing into your mouth off the dentures. A user with lower and upper dentures normally goes through a 2.4-ounce tube of adhesive for seven to eight weeks.

To track how much adhesive you’ve used, write down when you finished a tube and started a new one. If you have any questions about the dentures we offer or would like to make an appointment, give us a call here at Dental Roots.

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