That’s a very common question in my practice. And it comes from both new denture wearers and patients who have been wearing dentures for some time.
And my answer is always the same, no and yes. While a denture should fit securely without the need for an adhesive, there are cases where an using an adhesive makes good sense, even for just the peace of mind.
Let’s say you are participating in a sport or vigorous activity, having extra assurance is a bonus. The same goes for big events like a family wedding. You're already nervous enough and simply don’t need to be worried about whether or not your dentures are going to be problematic. These are the times when you need to relax, concentrate on the important things, and let the adhesive do its job.
The type of denture adhesive you use is a matter of personal choice and your comfort level. Whether you use a cream, powder or strips, the key to proper adhesion and comfort is applying them to your dentures correctly.
Keep in mind that dentures are designed to fit your mouth properly, so adhesives shouldn’t be needed on a regular basis. Overdoing adhesives can lead to an even poorer fit or health problems.
When your dentures don’t fit properly, that’s the time to see your denturist for an adjustment or a reline.
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