As a removable dentures wearer, you may be pondering the use of denture adhesive. While public perception may be that dentures and denture adhesive go hand in hand, it really isn't required sometimes. The times when you really need denture adhesive may actually be fairly limited. You can read more about those situations below.
After You Get New Dentures
With new dentures, you will spend some time in adjustment mode. Unfortunately, it might take a little time for the dentures to feel natural in your mouth, but denture adhesive can help out with this adjustment.
A thin layer of adhesive may be all that is needed to help you feel more confident that the dentures will stay put. This may be especially helpful on the lower dentures since the upper dentures have more surface area (namely, the roof of the mouth) to adhere to.
When Eating Challenging Food
The foods that fall into the "challenging" category may include:
Hard foods like raw veggies
Chewy foods like cookies or candy
Sticky foods like peanut butter
As a new dentures wearer, you may be advised to avoid some of the above food categories until you adjust to the dentures.
Even after you've worn dentures for a while, any of the foods in the above categories may loosen your dentures, so a thin layer of adhesive can help them stay put. Remember to take small bites and chew gently to make sure that you're not putting too much strain on your dentures.
When Speaking is Difficult
It is pretty common for dentures wearers to have occasional difficulty speaking, especially when the dentures are still new. One example: The "th" sound can be hard to make because it requires specific tongue placement that may feel hard to achieve with your upper dentures inserted.
Speaking may be difficult primarily because you may feel less than confident about your dentures staying in place while you're talking. Dental adhesive can help you combat this feeling by making you feel secure that your dentures won't go flying when you're chatting with friends and family.
When Adhesive May Not Be Enough
There may be times when dental adhesive just isn't enough to correct a problem with your dentures. In cases where dental adhesive doesn't seem to help hold your dentures in place, you may be dealing with incorrectly fitted dentures due to shifting of your mouth tissues. This is something that your dentist can correct with a procedure called relining.
Having properly fitted dentures is absolutely essential if you want your dentures to function as a true teeth replacement like they were intended. If your dentures just don't feel right, even after you've tried adhesive for the above problems, call your dentist as soon as possible.