Using Dental Adhesive: When To Stick It To Your New Dentures

If you have new dentures, you are undoubtedly already familiar with dental adhesive. While the general perception tends to be that dentures always require dental adhesive, that is actually a fallacy. Well-fitting dentures don't require dental adhesive all the time; however, there may be some situations when adhesive is helpful - especially when they're still new. Keep reading to learn about the best times to stick it to your dentures!

When Your Confidence Needs a Boost

While your dentures are still new, you may not feel very confident about them yet. If you have secret fears about your teeth falling out when you're trying to eat, drink, or talk, denture adhesive can make all the difference.

People often feel particularly under-confident about their lower dentures. Since the bottom dentures don't have a large area to suction onto like the upper ones do, they don't offer the same stability as the upper ones.

A thin layer of adhesive can improve suction to the lower gums and to the roof of the mouth, and in turn it will help you feel more confident as you adjust to your new teeth.

When You're Eating Tough Foods

While your dentist will typically advise you to stick to a soft or semi-soft diet as you initially adjust to your dentures, you will eventually start to add the difficult foods back into your diet. Foods that are tough for dentures usually include the very hard, crunchy, or sticky foods.

Trying these foods while wearing new dentures can easily knock the dentures loose, but dental adhesive will help. If you apply dental adhesive and combine that with careful and even chewing, you can tackle even the tough foods easily.

When Speaking is Difficult

It is quite common for new denture wearers to struggle a bit with speaking normally. After all, the dentures are foreign objects in your mouth and it takes some time to become accustomed to their presence. If you feel like it's hard to speak normally while wearing your dentures, dental adhesive is a good solution.

When you use adhesive to make sure your dentures won't budge, you won't have any problem talking just like you did when you had your natural teeth. As you become used to talking while wearing dentures, you may not even need adhesive anymore.

Some things just take time, and adjusting to dentures is one of those things. In all the situations above, adding dental adhesive can help hasten the adjustment and make life with your new dentures much easier! For more information, talk to a dentist like Tony Parsley, DMD.