My old denture powder has been off the market now for several years. I never had any problems with it. No matter what denture powder or adhesive I’ve used since then, it’s nothing like what I used to use. My dentures slip all the time now. What should I use to keep them in place? – Karen
Karen – As you may know, certain zinc-containing denture powders are no longer produced. Prolonged or excessive use of the products increased the risk zinc poisoning and gingival (gum), gastrointestinal, and neurological problems.
Some of the symptoms experienced by some people with prolonged or excessive of these denture powders include gastroesophageal reflux disease; gum irritation, pain, or bleeding; and numbness, tingling, and difficulty walking. Many people who used the products experienced no problems at all. Products that were considered to pose a health risk were discontinued. Look for denture adhesives and cleaners that have a seal of acceptance from the American Dental Association.
After years of having missing teeth, the jawbone begins to shrink and dentures don’t fit properly. You should have your dentures and jawbone examined by a skilled prosthodontist. Relining your dentures may give you a better fit. Depending on how long you’ve had your current dentures, you may need new ones.
Regardless of how long you’ve been wearing dentures, dental implants will help them fit better. The implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, and the dentures are secured to them. The dentures will be stable, and it will be easier to speak and eat with them. They also help prevent jawbone shrinkage. Your implant dentist will let you know your options to help your dentures fit better, with or without dental implants. If dental implants are one of your options, ask how they can be made affordable for you.
This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.