Denture Products

Sometimes even a great set of dentures can use a little help, and there are a number of supplementary denture products out on the market to fit nearly any need. These products cover a wide range and can provide relief for denture wearers. Let’s get an overview of what’s available and how it can help.

Supplementary products to aid the cleaning of dentures are a big industry. There are special denture brushes with bristles that are firm enough to get between the denture teeth and into crevices, but have soft enough bristle tips to avoid scratching the denture’s surface and ruining the finish. Toothpaste especially formulated to avoid scratching dentures is also available. Dissolvable tablets for soaking your dentures promise to remove extra stains and kill the bacteria that make dentures smell bad. And a special denture bath that offers a safer way to soak dentures overnight has begun to replace that glass on the sink.

There are also products available to help supplement a denture’s fit and comfort level. Denture creams and adhesives provide an elastic bond that works to secure dentures against the gums, leaving a more secure fit and higher comfort level. Working along the same lines, a silicone rubber suction cup denture liner can be retro-fitted to an existing denture, offering greater comfort and restoring a firm fit to the denture. Denture cushions, small cotton appliances permeated with wax may also be used on a temporary basis to provide comfort to sore gums until a denturist can be seen.

Those are just a list of the standard supplementary denture products. There is a whole new do-it-yourself line of denture kits that denture wearers can use at home to make their own repairs and adjustments.

These kits offer denture wearers materials, tools, and instructions for making a variety of alterations to their dentures. There are kits to repair denture teeth and base fractures, and kits to replace denture teeth that have fallen out of their acrylic bases. More kits are available to repair broken metal clasps, and to add temporary liners, semi-permanent liners or complete denture reliners. All are readily available to the denture wearer on today’s market.

It is debatable whether all of these products actually live up to their promises, but on the average most of them provide some level of extra comfort or cleaning ability. However, there really is no substitute for a properly fitted and manufactured set of dentures.

It should be noted that denture wearers should consult their denture professional before using any of the home denture repair kits. It is possible that using these kits improperly could lead to damaging the dentures permanently.

Denture Adhesives

If you’re dentures are basically well fitted but you feel like they could still use just a little more suction, then a good denture adhesive may be just the remedy for you. Let’s examine how these products work. When denture adhesive is applied to the inner dental ridge of your denture and set into your mouth, the denture adhesive combines with your saliva. This changes the denture adhesive into an elastic type of substance that helps to hold your denture more firmly against your gums, resulting in a firmer fit that may allow you to chew and speak more efficiently.

Denture adhesives can definitely improve the fit of your denture, but they are not a cure-all for an ill fitting denture. You will still need to begin with an expertly fitted denture from your denture professional.

Denture adhesives may be beneficial in several ways. The most obvious benefit that denture wearers will notice immediately is a reduction in the soreness of their gums which is usually caused by the denture rubbing back and forth as it slips out of place. Even a denture that began with an ideal fit may begin to lose its grip over time as the boney ridges of the denture wears mouth begin the natural process of resorption. The gums begin to gradually shrink and the once perfect fitting dentures now begin to move a little. As time goes on, the fit will become so loose that either the dentures will need to be relined, or perhaps an entirely new denture will have to be made. Denture adhesives can provide a short term boost in the amount of suction needed to keep the denture firmly in place.

There is a little known additional benefit to using a good denture adhesive. A recent study by Proctor and Gamble came to the conclusion that the use of a denture adhesive may lead to an improvement in oral hygiene by reducing or preventing denture plaque.

The basis for the study was that since denture adhesives are in the mouth for several hours every day, that they would be a great medium to sustain the timed-release of other oral care agents. Zinc is known to be a good anti-microbial, and is already an ingredient in denture adhesive because it combines with other ingredients used to form the adhesive material.

So, if your dentures are beginning to lose their once great fit, give that denture adhesive a try. Your denture professional can help guide you to a satisfactory brand.

Denture Reliner

Who needs a denture reliner? The answer is nearly every standard denture wearer. There comes a point in every standard denture wearer’s life when their denture no longer fits the way it used to. The denture begins to shift slightly during normal activities like speaking and eating. This rubbing against the gums can lead to sore spots and this is usually the sign that it’s time for a reline.

Denturists usually recommend a denture reline every two years for the life of the denture. The reason for this is directly linked to bone resorption. In brief, once the natural teeth have been removed from the boney ridge, there is no longer enough pressure to stimulate production of more bone. The ridge then begins the slow process of shrinking away. Once there has been a significant amount of shrinkage, the denture no longer conforms to the current shape of the gums, and the original snug fit is lost, leading to shifting.

A good denture reliner will restore a proper fit to the denture, allowing for normal use. Rubbing and sore spots should be eliminated, and the denture should again have a snug fit that will restore the ability to chew food. There are two basic types of reliners, temporary and permanent.

A temporary reliner is used in cases where the denture wearer’s gums are in severe shape, often too swollen to permit an accurate reliner to be made. The temporary reliner offers cushioning and pain relief long enough for the inflamed gums to heal. Once healing is complete, a permanent reliner can be made.

The permanent reliner is made by scraping away a small amount of the inner portion of the acrylic denture base. This area is then filled with a putty like substance and reinserted into the denture wearer’s mouth. The putty fills in the hollow pockets between the denture base and gums. The putty hardens to the texture of a firm rubber when it comes into contact with the saliva. The denture is then removed and taken to the denture lab, and the putty will be replaced with new acrylic, resulting in a denture base that now fits the current shape of the gums. It is also possible to reline a denture by applying a coat of flexible resin to the inner ridge of the denture, thereby restoring a comfortable snug fit.

You should discuss with your denture professional which type of denture reliner is right for you.

Denture Glue

o begin, it should be stated that the term denture glue is somewhat incorrect, though that is what many people call it. Denture glue is actually denture adhesive, or more commonly called denture cream. Substituting the word glue, instead of the correct terms of adhesive or cream, may lead to the false assumption that it is alright to use common household glue to keep your dentures in place. This is not the case. The common non-toxic brands of household glue will do nothing to keep your dentures in place. Other types of glues sold may actually contain toxic substances and should never be placed in your mouth. The result of such action could be fatal. So please be aware that glue is incorrect, and from here on out, we will use the correct terms of adhesive or cream.

Denture adhesive is an over the counter product that may help increase the grip of your dentures. It is commonly used when the dentures begin to slip against the gums. This can lead to difficulty chewing and speaking, and may even lead to sore spots on the gums. Let’s take a look at how it works.

Over time, a denture wearer’s gums will begin to shrink and no longer conform to the original fit the denture was constructed for. In time, this will lead to a need to have the dentures relined. However, until the fit becomes too loose, denture cream can be used as a temporary aid to keep the dentures snugly in place.

Denture creams are usually designed to provide 12 continuous hours of grip. Saliva gradually dissolves the adhesives and allows it to release the denture from the gums. However, there may still be a good amount of suction left after this time period. You can help dissolve the bond by swishing warm water or mouthwash around in your mouth to further dilute the adhesive. If there is still a good amount of suction, you can try gently rocking the denture back and forth to further break the grip. Never use any utensil, or added force to remove the denture.

If all else fails and you don’t mind, leave the denture in your mouth overnight and it should come out easily in the morning. Then, next time you use your denture cream, try adding a little less to the dentures and see if they are easier to remove that evening.

Learning the proper amount of denture adhesive to use is a process of trial and error.

Denture Cushion

If your dentures have begun to slide on your gums a little bit, and your mouth is becoming sore, then a denture cushion may provide some temporary relief until you can get the problem properly taken care by your denture professional.

The words “denture cushion” may mean different things to different people. In the strictest sense, a denture cushion refers to prosthetic device. The device is usually referred to as a cushion or pad that is made from cotton impregnated with wax. These over-the-counter items are inserted into the inner surface of the denture base where the denture normally meets the gums. The denture is then put in by the denture wearer and the cushion conforms to the open areas under the denture, thus molding over the gum ridge. This results in a snug fitting denture that no longer moves around on the gums. With the new tighter fit, the denture wearer now has more comfort and can resume normal chewing without the additional pain. Denture cushions are a disposable item and should be removed and discarded each night as part of your cleaning routine.

Denture cushions should only be a temporary solution at best. Wearing the cushions further reduces the amount of pressure stimulus to the boney ridges which results in a faster rate of bone loss. When bone loss reaches a critical point, there is no longer enough bone left for the denture to hold on to, making standard dentures no longer an option. At this point the denture wearer has a lot bigger problem than they started with.

Now that we know what a denture cushion actually is, let’s discuss another type of adjustment method that is also referred to in some sense as a denture cushion.

When dentures no longer fit properly due to gum shrinkage, it eventually becomes necessary to have them relined. Let’s look at the process.

The most typical way to reline dentures is to have the denture base coated with a flexible resin base. This base coating works as a filler for the gaps between the denture base and the current shape of the gums. The flexible resin has two major effects on the denture. First, it restores the denture to a fit that matches the gums, so denture wearers have the necessary grip to chew properly again. Secondly, the resin provides a cushioning effect between the gum ridge and the denture base. No more pain. A good reline can extend the life of the denture and will need to be performed approximately every two years, depending the rate the gums are shrinking.

Your denture professional can recommend the best temporary cushion for you.

Denture Suction Ultra

Denture technology is constantly moving forward and providing denture wearers with better and better options for denture comfort and fit. If you had given up on ever getting the type of denture suction that you desperately need to make your dentures snug and comfortable, then you’re about to become one happy denture wearer!

There are some new products on the market that will be raising the bar for denture grip and comfort. Let’s take a look at two of them.

The first innovation is a completely new type of denture commonly referred to in the denture industry as an ultra suction denture. This type of denture is manufactured with a built-in one way air valve that literally sucks the air out from between the denture base and the gums when the denture is placed in the mouth. This creates a vacuum and holds the denture firmly against the gums and roof of the mouth. Air cannot re-enter the one way valve, so the denture will not come out of place until you use gentle pressure to remove them.

This type of denture can offer the same level of stability provided by denture implants, but the difference in price is amazing. A single surgically implanted titanium post can cost as much as $1500.00. The ultra suction denture claims to cost a fraction of that price, usually more in line with, but slightly higher than the cost of standard dentures. This new type of denture is looking very promising.

Our next innovation uses simple suction cup technology. This device closely resembles a denture reline, which adds a layer of flexible resin to the old denture base to fill in open areas between the gums and denture base, providing cushioning and added grip. The new suction cup denture works on a similar premise. A silicone rubber pad with dozens of tiny suction cups is attached to the denture base. When inserted into the denture wearer’s mouth, the cups form suction to the gums and roof of the mouth, thereby holding the denture base in place. This also provides added comfort by cushioning the gums from the denture. This silicone liner can easily be added to existing dentures, eliminating the need for denture creams and adhesives. It is also much less expensive than previous remedies mentioned.

If your dentures no longer provide you with the comfort and fit you need, ask you denture professional about denture suction devices.

Denture Liner

When is it time to consider a denture liner? If your dentures have begun to slip against your gums, leaving them sore and tender, then you definitely have a problem. Sore gums are the major reason that some people give up on wearing their dentures. If you’ve already tried denture creams and adhesives, or denture cushions but haven’t found the relief you seek, then perhaps it’s time to ask your denturist for a denture liner.

So, what exactly is a denture liner? A denture liner is made of an elastic material that can act as a cushion or buffer between the denture and gums. The liner keeps the denture from rubbing against the gums because it restores the non-slip fit. This can provide immense relief to the denture wearer who has all but given up hope.

There are two types of denture liners, temporary soft liners and semi-permanent liners. Let’s examine both types.

Temporary soft liners are used when the denture wearer’s gums are in such bad shape that they have become swollen in the sore areas. A standard relining job would not be possibly at this point because the gums are going to shrink back to their normal shape and size once they have been given the opportunity to heal. Therefore, only a temporary soft reline is appropriate at this time. The soft liner will act as a comfortable cushion for the gums and allow them time to heal. A temporary soft liner is only designed to last a few months before it starts to disintegrate.

A semi-permanent denture liner is only intended for use until your next visit with your denturist, and is slightly harder in texture than a soft temporary liner. Semi-permanent liners are available as an over-the-counter mix. In brief, a powdered base substance is mixed with liquid to form a smooth paste. A layer of the paste is then spread over the entire inner surface of the denture. When the paste has been given a moment to set up to a malleable texture, it’s time to set the denture gently into place on the gums. Once inserted, the denture should remain there for five to eight minutes. During this time the denture should be gently chewed and shifted slightly to imitate normal use. This will help spread the liner material into all the crevices and help assure a good fit. Finally, the denture is removed and rinsed and any excess liner along the edges is carefully cut away. Gentle pressure should be used when brushing the liner during cleaning.

Your denture professional should be the judge of which type of soft liner is right for you.

Denture Cream

Are your dentures trying to give you the slip? Perhaps a little help is in order. Denture creams, also referred to as adhesives can be a great tool for extra denture suction, which naturally leads to better denture grip. Let’s get an overview of what denture cream is, and how to use it properly.

If your dentures are one of the standard removable types that rest directly on your gums and rely on suction to keep them in place, then at some point or another, you will probably notice that they are starting to slip a little when you eat and speak. This change in fit is the product of bone resorption. Bone requires pressure to stimulate the production of more bone. The pressure stimulus normally provided by the roots of the natural teeth is lost when they are removed.

If you have implanted dentures, the implanted posts help provide the pressure stimulus that will help continue the bone making process. However, the standard type denture doesn’t have the structure needed to stimulate bone production. Therefore the boney ridge begins to shrink and no longer matches the inside of the denture base. This is what leads to that looser fit, and cause your dentures to rub against your gums, causing sore spots.

A good denture cream acts as an inexpensive, though temporary alternative to having your dentures relined. When applied to the underside of the denture base, the part that actually rests on the gums, the denture cream performs two basic functions. It spreads to fill in any gaps that have formed between the denture base and the current shape of the gums, and then combines with your saliva and forms an elastic bond between denture and gums. All of this can lead to a tighter, more comfortable grip for the denture wearer.

There are two types of denture liners, temporary soft liners and semi-permanent liners. Let’s examine both types.

Learning how much denture cream to apply is a process of trial and error. It makes sense to start with a small amount and see if it will give you the added grip you need. From that point you can add a little extra at a time until you have learned the appropriate amount to use for your individual needs.

Barring any personal allergies, denture cream is safe to use. The typical denture cream is formulated to last 10-12 hours, so it’s going to be in your mouth all day. However there is no need to worry about swallowing it. The denture cream is slowly dissolved by your saliva, and studies have shown that it generally passes through your body without any ill side- effects.

If you’d like to know more about dentures creams, ask your denture professional, who can help you choose one that is right for you.