There are many questions that are commonplace for new denture wearers: Will my dentures look natural? Will anyone be able to tell I am wearing dentures? Can I eat with my dentures? How do I brush them? Is denture adhesive necessary?
All of these questions are valid questions, and they should be asked (along with more!) for anyone who is new to wearing dentures. When it comes to whether or not you should use denture adhesive, the answer is relative to each person. Denture adhesive is promoted on television as a necessity for all denture wearers so that their dentures do not fall out of their mouths. However, this is somewhat false advertisement. Well-fitting dentures are designed to stay in place by themselves, without denture adhesive. Well-fitting dentures should have a good seal and not click around in the mouth. If your dentures do not fit well, it is extremely important to speak with your denture specialist. Ill-fitting dentures can have very negative effects on your mouth, from pain while wearing your dentures to permanently damaging your gums.
While dentures that do fit well should not move around in the mouth, many people do prefer the added security that denture adhesive gives them. Adhesive has been proven to improve the bite force and stability for many denture wearers, especially for those who suffer from dry mouth. Of course, many people who are in front of others, whether it be for work or for recreation, often find that they use denture adhesive for added security while they are in the spot-light.
Denture wearers should have their dentures checked every six to twelve months to make sure that they are fitting properly in the mouth. At Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists we are proud to provide patients with routine fittings and repairs when they become necessary. Your mouth will continue to change as you age, and we are here to make sure that your dentures are as comfortable and attractive as possible.