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Complete and partial dentures are often used to replace the presence and basic function of multiple lost teeth. This often requires extracting whatever remains of the original dental roots to prevent pain and a potential infection.

The removable dental appliance will be designed to fit firmly with the natural structure of your underlying gums. This will help to lock the denture firmly in your mouth. As time goes on the structure of your mouth can gradually start to change as your body naturally absorbs some of the bone structure in the area.

This can cause your complete or partial denture to feel slightly loose in your mouth. Early on you can address this condition, which is known as oral atrophy, by applying some additional denture adhesive to the base of the dental appliance. This will help lock it in place while also preventing food particles from invading the base of the dentures when you eat.

If you do have a little stray food material work its way in, you will need to rinse it away. Make sure your dentures are completely clear of old denture adhesive before drying the base with a clean paper towel. You can then apply a fresh bead of denture adhesive.

You will also need to you rinse and lightly brush your dentures when you take them out at night. This will provide you with a clean surface to reapply fresh denture adhesive the next morning.

Before using any brand of denture adhesive you should look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo printed on the package indicates that the ADA has researched and tested the product for safe oral use.

If you are in the Austin, Texas, area and you are having problems with your denture, you can call 512-831-5887 to speak to Dr. William G. Kaylakie or the staff at William G. Kaylakie DMD.