Quick Overview: Our Top 5 Picks for Denture Adhesives
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Did you know that 33.6% of adults between the ages of 40 and 60 have zero tooth loss?
I don’t know what this third of the population did to become God’s chosen favorites: but I certainly do not belong amongst them, and I’m guessing neither do you! You and me belonging to 2/3rds of the population get to benefit from one of science’s greatest inventions: realistic dentures.
My dentures look better than my real teeth ever did (no need for that tooth replacement!)! And knock about 10 years of age from my face. That’s because a good set of teeth hold up the facial muscles in your face (like a facelift), and help you speak clearly. All things aside, the last thing I want is to take a bite of succulent pear and spit out my dentures with the seeds.
A great denture adhesive should be strong, but not so strong that it can never be removed.
But if you want dentures that fit well as well as stay in place, you need to use top-quality denture adhesive. This guide will help you to find the right denture adhesive for you, plus a list of the top 6 denture adhesives in the market according to extensive product testing.
If you’re short on time, I’d suggest sticking with (pun intended!) the Secure Denture Bonding Cream by Dentek, it doesn’t disappoint.
Top 6 Best Denture Adhesives 2022
Dentek’s Secure Denture Bonding Cream is one of the classic options out there. This claims to have 12-hour holding power, and it actually stayed put for me for around 17 hours, so even longer.
The Secure Denture bonding cream generates a stable and secure bond between your dentures and gums. The best thing about this bonding cream is that doesn’t wash out with frequent liquids, whether it’s water or wine.
I’ve often found that denture adhesives don’t have much of a taste when you put them on, but tend to change the taste of your food later on when you’re eating. This secure waterproof denture adhesive happens to be one of the few adhesives that don’t do it. When they say it doesn’t have a taste of it’s own, it really doesn’t.
The ingredients and particles don’t leak into your body: it doesn’t slowly disintegrate over time. When bonding cream claims to loosen it’s hold, that tends to mean that they eventually dissolve. I did my research to make sure that wasn’t the case with this product, and thankfully it isn’t. The holding power only weakens, which means that your dentures come off — but you don’t have to ingest any of it’s ingredients, and they won’t enter your digestive tract.
And if you’re worried about zinc: there’s no zinc in this. This is a completely zinc-free denture adhesive. Definitely helps to know that it’s made from an all-natural vegetarian formula that soothes as well as enhances oral health.
Here’s something important to note that could be a downside for you: you have to follow the instructions to the T and leave the dentures in for 15 minutes before you decide to eat. I had the best results when I left it in for 30 minutes or more since it takes some time for the adhesive to dry and get secure completely. If you’re looking for an instant drying adhesive, this may not be the right choice for you.
- No slipping or sliding
- Secure waterproof denture adhesive
- Zinc free
- Great for upper dentures
- Non-toxic denture glue
- All-natural denture adhesives
- No disintegration of adhesive particles
- Promotes dental hygiene
- Permanent solution
- Dental cream with extra-strong hold
- Only a thin layer for adhesive properties to work
- You have to wait for 30 minutes before eating
- Contains pine resins which some are allergic to
Super poli-grip is one of the most popular options out there, and it’s a highly reputed brand for a reason. The Super Poligrip Zinc free denture adhesive is in a cream formula and is also formulated to last 12 hours, just like the previous adhesive cream. You can use this for both partial and full dentures.
This is a zinc-free formula. Super Poligrip only manufactures zinc-free denture adhesives, a perfect option for those worried about zinc toxicity.
I love it when a denture adhesive can go above and beyond and actually improve your dental hygiene or do more than just stick your dentures to your gums. Super poli-grip adhesives are specially made to ensure a reliable seal that assists in keeping tiny food particles from getting stuck between your dentures and gums. This adhesive cream is no exception to the brand. It helps in preventing irritation and is helpful at keeping partial dentures in their place.
Another great feature of this cream is that it contains no synthetic dyes or artificial flavors, thereby making it tasteless. Synthetic dyes and coloring can often have a strange aftertaste. It is quite easy to apply because of its distinct ooze-control tip. It is also very easy to remove as at the end of the day you just need to gargle with water a few times to get rid of any residue inside your mouth. I actually found this one of the easiest adhesives to remove at the end of the day.
When I tried it out, it stuck my upper dentures for far longer than the lower ones. It seems that others have this experience with Super Poligrip adhesives as well. However, I wouldn’t call it a dealbreaker. Even with the lower denture getting looser, it may only need to be reapplied after meals, and not every few hours. This might be a personal preference: but it’s actually preferable to have to reapply the lower denture than to struggle with taking off your dentures at the end of the day!
If you’re on the lookout for the best denture adhesive cream that’s easy to apply, I’d definitely recommend Super Poli-grip!
- Denture cream
- Great for secure upper dentures
- Easy to apply for denture wearers
- Cushion grip
- Narrow applicator
- Sticks to the natural gums
- Zinc oxide-free denture paste
- Works for full and partial dentures
- Works with soft liners
- Only a light layer of cream adhesives needed
- One of the best natural denture adhesive
- The lower dentures don’t stick as well
- A lower denture may need to be reapplied after meals
- Not completely waterproof
Here’s another super-strong denture adhesive cream. Made by Sea-bond, this is another well-performing product that keeps the dentures stable and in place. The best thing about this adhesive is its non-water-soluble properties, something that other denture adhesives often lack. This means that it does not dissolve in water and other beverages. It also won’t be washed out, even if your mouth produces excess saliva.
It provides an extremely strong bond between the gum and the dentures which will last long. As the adhesive will not wash out from under your denture, you would not have to worry about swallowing it while you drink and eat food. This establishes it as a healthy and safe denture adhesive cream.
This product definitely does justice to its name; ‘Super Glue’ by providing an excellent, reliable, and long-lasting hold. Its composition does not involve zinc but one thing is important to note; sipping hot drinks may weaken the bond and wash off the adhesive a little bit. This is less about the liquid and more about the temperature, so this may not be the right choice for you if you can’t resist those piping hot coffees throughout your day. I have to mention, however, that I did try drinking a hot chocolate with this adhesive, and didn’t see much of a loosening. I think you can still get away with it, as long as you don’t swish your drink around in the mouth.
- Prevents loose dentures
- Super strong denture glue
- One of the strongest denture adhesives
- Synthetic adhesives
- Soothing formula that calms the gums
- Works well with a temporary soft liner
- Just as strong with lower dentures and your upper denture
- Easy-to-apply denture adhesive
- No risk of permanent nerve damage
- Better than denture adhesive strips
- Not a natural formula
- Adhesive can weaken with very hot temperature drinks
- The product can separate over time, need to squish the tube to mix it in
This is another denture adhesive by the brand Super Poli-Grip, but the previous product I reviewed was a denture cream. This one is an adhesive powder, which many people actually prefer. And if you think that denture adhesive powders aren’t as efficient and strong as adhesive creams, this one may just change your mind.
A lot of people prefer adhesive powders due to the easy and convenient application process. Like other products from this brand, this one too is zinc-free and provides a long 12-hour grip. It is made to act as a seal to prevent food particles from getting trapped between your dentures and gums.
It might take a bit longer to get used to applying an adhesive power if you’re used to using cream.
Like any good powdered adhesive, this doesn’t have any taste whatsoever. The only con is that you may find it difficult to judge the correct dosage (the amount you need to apply for a good grip). Excess powder isn’t pretty and can get super slimy (especially if you’re using partial dentures.
For getting the best possible results, apply a very thin layer because if you apply too much powder, it will not strengthen the bond more and instead, won’t hold the dentures properly. If you are a big fan of powdered adhesives, then this one will suit you well.
- The best powder denture adhesive
- Fixes loose dentures
- Works better than denture glue in many cases
- Made without any flavors or coloring
- Works for new dentures as well
- A temporary solution for partials
- Works with soft liners
- Better than denture adhesive strips
- Takes some trial and error to see how much adhesive powder to apply
Fixodent’s powder adhesive is a great alternative to Poligrip’s powder adhesive. This brand is famous for its high-quality and long-lasting adhesive products. It offers a great all-day hold and keeps your dentures in the right place.
You just need to apply it once in the morning and after that, you do not need to worry for the next 12 hours, especially while drinking or eating anything. This brand is one of the most recommended brands by dentists which establishes its reliability and quality.
It provides a very tight seal that is both thin and strong and helps in preventing the food particles from getting stuck in between the gums and the dentures. The only problem is that it becomes difficult to determine how much needs to be applied at once. That’s a problem with every denture adhesive powder, however.
We suggest that you apply as thin a layer as possible because applying more than what’s required can also weaken its strength and increase the gaps. Cleaning your dentures is very easy and unlike creams or gels, it won’t ooze even if you apply a little more than what’s required.
- Better than denture adhesive strips
- Cushion grip denture adhesive
- Works with soft liners
- Zinc free
- Works with new dentures
- One of the easiest to remove adhesives on the market
- Reliable dental adhesive
- Needs only a light layer to work
- Takes time for the cream denture wearer to get used to
- Doesn’t work as well with lower dentures
Fixodent denture adhesive cream kills two birds with one stone. It keeps your dentures in place as well as eliminates any bad breath. I found this very helpful because most of us struggle with tooth hygiene. Getting frequent dentures and root canals means you tend to have mild decay or peritonitis. This cream contains components of mouthwash that feel amazingly refreshing. Now you don’t need to worry about bad breath even with dentures on. The flip side of this is that there’s a mild mint flavor with this adhesive.
It does a great job at sealing out food particles and preventing them from sticking inside your gums and dentures. The only cons are that the opening of the tube is way too small which makes it a little difficult to apply it quickly and it leaves some residue in the mouth and gums. But it’s nothing that you can’t get used to. I tried out all products for three days to give each a fair shot, and by the second day, I had gotten accustomed to the applicator.
- Keeps dentures in place for a long time
- Original Fixodent denture adhesive cream
- Zinc free
- Scope mint flavor
- Combats bad breath
- Promotes mouth hygiene
- Makes wearing dentures easy
- Not recommended to use with a soft liner
- Flavor can ruin the taste of food
Myth or Fact: Common Misconceptions about Denture Adhesives
MYTH: You should always avoid zinc in denture adhesives
Understandably, many dental patients who have to wear denture adhesives are worried about zinc overdoes. Zinc toxicity is a serious concern that results in dizziness, nausea, and headaches — as well as acute zinc toxicity.
However, there’s a very low chance of actually getting zinc toxicity from denture adhesives. The average denture adhesive will only contain about 1 milligram of zinc per gram. This is well within the limits of how much a human being can consume.
Here’s where it gets tricky. If you’re consuming zinc from any other source as well as a denture adhesive, your adhesive might be a contributing factor towards overdose. You might also have a zinc allergy, which is a less common allergy.
FACT: Denture Adhesives are harmful if swallowed
While it might be a frightening thought, this is actually a fact. Any kind of denture adhesive contains ingredients that aren’t made to enter the digestive tract. The good news is that most denture adhesives won’t ever enter your stomach. Once your adhesive is completely dry, it’ll glue on your dentures no matter what you eat or drink.
A good quality denture adhesive does not disintegrate with food or liquids, so there’s no chance of the glue going anywhere. Certain adhesives can get looser if you drink plenty of hot beverages, so make sure you stay away from those.
MYTH: Denture Adhesives only stick the dentures to your gums
Denture adhesives do way more than simply stick to your dentures to your mouth. An adhesives acts like more than a glue and can fill the gaps in your bones. As we age, our jaw line and facial bone structure changes a lot. This can result in a different kind of alignment to the dentures. Denture adhesives can help your not-so-perfect fitting dentures to be back and working well. Many people have dentures that fit well except when they eat (which is natural due to the chewing movement). Dentures can get your dentures back and fitting the way they’re supposed to.
FACT: If your dentures fit well, you don’t need adhesives
This is actually true! The ideal dentures should fit your mouth and unique bone structure so perfectly that you don’t need any kind of adhesives to keep them in place. Most people will have perfectly fitting dentures when they first get them made, but this often doesn’t stay the case.
This happens due to bone resorption. Bone resorption is when the jaw starts to get smaller or generally changes its shape. It occurs because the gums begin to shrink as they no longer need to do the hard work of holding your teeth in place.
Your dentures also get loose as you wear them and use them every day. Like everything else in the world, they’re not resistant to regular wear and tear.
FACT: You can have a negative reaction to a denture adhesive
No matter how all-natural, zinc-free, or safe a denture adhesive is, there’s always a small chance of risk. Since the mouth is such a sensitive area, it’s entirely possible that you have a negative reaction to it.
Here are some of the signs that you’re having a negative reaction to a denture adhesive. You’ll immediately feel uncomfortable tingling pain in your gums. In case of cases, this can even be a shooting pain or acute numbness.
The explanation for this pain is minor nerve damage. One of the most common adverse reactions to denture adhesives is nerve damage and this happens with over-application of denture adhesive.
However, this is definitely uncommon. It’s always a good idea to test out a few new adhesives to make sure you’re not having an adverse reaction to them.
FAQs: Commonly Asked Questions about the Best Denture Adhesive
Q1. Why do my dentures keep falling out?
The most obvious answer to this question is that your denture adhesive isn’t strong enough. Try switching between cream, powder, and strips to see what works best for you. You might be using a ‘Strong’ when you need a ‘Super Strong’.
Another explanation could be that your dentures are simply the wrong size. They should fit snug and perfect, going with your natural bone structure. A visit to the dentist might be in order if you suspect that your dentures are not as well-fitting as they should be. This is more common than you may think since our natural teeth do move around quite a bit in the mouth.
Q2. Does a powder denture adhesive work?
Powder adhesive can be just as strong as denture gels and creams, if not more! Denture adhesive in powder form is actually preferable to many patients because it is less likely to ooze all over your gums. It’s also incidentally easier to clean up at the end of the day and has a lesser likelihood of getting stuck to your gums after the 12-hour mark. The powder is also less likely to “shim,” away, which refers to pulling the denture in the direction away from your gums.
Nothing should stop you from a strong bite!
The ones we have listed are just some of the best ones by a few brands. They are other products also available in similar ranges, so you don’t have to stay limited to the products mentioned in this list. It certainly helps that the two most popular brands in this industry are Super Poli-Grip and Fixodent, but you might find a different brand that works better for you.
If you’re still deliberating on the best denture adhesives, I’d suggest sticking with (pun intended!) the Secure Denture Bonding Cream by Dentek, it doesn’t disappoint.