Some patients who wear false teeth are unable to keep their dentures in place without the aid of an adhesive. Sometimes the anatomy or shape of the jawbone itself prevents the denture from fitting tightly. And the longer someone wears dentures, the more the bone can shrink over time, eventually causing less retention of the denture.
There are a handful of adhesive creams and gels that can help make dentures more secure and less likely to move or pop out when eating and speaking. Many patients simply try a few until finding the one that works best for them. But some users find that these creams have a poor taste and are messy and costly. For those patients who are unable to have implants and who cannot get their dentures to stay in place, an alternative treatment is available.
A suction cup liner can greatly improve denture retention and help the denture fit more tightly and securely. The suction cup liner is made of silicone and is embedded into the tissue bearing surface of the denture, which is the part that rests against the oral tissue or gums. The liner has roughly 150 or more little suction cups that press into and gently grip the tissue, thereby allowing the denture to stay in place. The cups cause no discomfort or irritation to the tissue. On the contrary, they provide a painless, easy way to enhance denture retention.
Many patients have found this to be a great solution for a loose denture. They are able to forego the use of denture creams and adhesives while maintaining the peace of mind that comes from having a stable, retentive denture.