Loose fitting dentures are a common problem for denture wearers. Nearly 40 million Americans wear dentures, and for decades, using denture adhesives has been a popular method for helping keep dentures in place but at what cost to your health? Recently, a North Carolina man has said that using denture adhesives for 20 years has caused him to be disabled.
Denture adhesives contain high amounts of zinc, which acts as a bonding agent in the glue. Although the cells in our body contain zinc, the problem with denture adhesive is in the dosage. Too much zinc can cause an iron and copper deficiency, which has been linked to nerve damage. Most people who have reported nerve damage due to denture adhesives have used the glue in excessive amounts, but how do you know how much is too much? You don’t!
Denture adhesive companies have even begun printing a warning on their label, stating excessive use over a long period has been known to cause adverse health effects. This warning is especially disconcerting for people who also take daily zinc supplements. It may be difficult to determine how much use of denture adhesives is considered to be excessive. The link between high amounts of zinc and nerve damage sounds risky. Luckily, there are options to help you avoid this risk altogether.
If you are a denture wearer or are looking for tooth replacement options, consider a consultation with us at Wall Street Dentistry. We offer tooth replacement options that are permanent, and that never require the use of denture adhesives. Implant dentistry is the forefront of tooth replacement and can be used to replace all of your missing teeth with the All-on-4 or Teeth in a Day implant system.
This system works by surgically placing about four dental implants into each dental arch (the top and the bottom jaw). A small portion of the dental implants remain above the gum line and using impressions of your mouth, the dental laboratory will handcraft your new replacement teeth that are permanently attached to the dental implants.
The final product will look like a single unit but have the appearance of individual teeth. We can choose from a variety of natural looking shades so that your new teeth appear as beautiful and as white as you would like them to look. By using high-grade dental porcelain, your new teeth will look and feel like your natural teeth! The best part about this revolutionary system is that it is permanent and resistant to decay. However, you still need to practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist for routine dental checkups and cleanings.
Although implant dentistry may not be the best fit for everyone, we must treat gum disease or any other oral health concerns prior to placing dental implants. This saves you time and money in the long run.
If you are ready to get your life back and throw away the denture adhesive once and for all, call Wall Street Dentistry today at (256) 878-0525 to schedule your consultation.
We welcome patients of Albertville, Boaz, and Guntersville, Alabama.