I do not recommend the use of denture adhesive gel, cream, pads or powder for patients with Sjögren’s Syndrome.
Here are the top 5 reasons for not using denture adhesive with Sjögren’s Syndrome patients:
- Xerostomia or dry mouth ensues in Sjögren’s Syndrome
- Denture adhesive sticks to your gums creating sore spots
- Dry gum tissues + denture adhesive = large cuts, bruises and burned gums
- Denture adhesive cream causes more pain in the mouth with dentures
- Dental implants are the best option for Sjögren’s patients with missing teeth and dentures
Dental implants are the best kind of denture adhesive for dentures, for it is fixed in place without moving. Two dental implants can be used to prevent the need for denture adhesive gel. Two dental implants can prevent your upper or lower denture from sliding sideways.
Four dental implants can allow for the upper palate to be removed from the denture and create better taste when eating. Four, six or more implants can be used to support a fixed bridge that also stays in place. The fixed bridge is the best option for patients with Sjögren’s Syndrome. Fixed bridges keep all the pressure off the gum tissues. This prevents sore and painful gums. Feel free to ask for advice when exploring these options by sending us a note.
If you or a family member, friend, neighbor or coworker has Sjögren’s Syndrome, we are willing to make ourselves available to get advice to make better decisions related to replacing denture adhesive or dentures.
All the best,
Dr. Joe Kravitz, DDS, MS
Dentist, Prosthodontist, Author, Researcher
Rockville, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC