Just recently the makers of Polygrip removed their zinc containing denture adhesive cream from the shelves. In a statement, Glaxo said excessive use of the product over several years “may lead to the development of neurological symptoms and blood problems such as anemia. Neurological symptoms may include numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms and legs, and difficulties with walking and balance.”

About 49 million Americans use dentures, or 22 percent of the adult population, and 29 percent of them use adhesives, according to GalaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Polygrip.

Because of the problems associated with long term use of these adhesives it has become more apparent that implants are the ideal method to fasten dentures to the jaw. Dental implants and mini implants are small titanium cylinders placed into the jaw bone that allow dentures to literally snap over and securely attach to the jaw. Since they can be remove with some pressure from the fingers the dentures and gums can be properly maintained and cleaned.

Dental implants prevent the messy goop that is so common with denture adhesives and this newly discovered side effect. The titanium which the dental implants are made of has been shown to be completely biocompatible meaning there is a 100% acceptance rate with no allergenic or toxicity shown.

If you have quesitons about dental implants or loose fitting dentures you can call Dr. Antolak The Gentle Dentist at (586)247-3500 or visit the web site at www.TheGentleDentist.com

About The Author

Dr. Robert Antolak, DDS graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality and appropriate cosmetic, sedation and general dentistry in the most comfortable and gentle way possible. Because being a dentist has been a lifelong dream, Dr. Antolak has a passion for the profession. He enjoys helping people feel better about their smiles and therefore their self-image with dental implant and cosmetic dentistry. His Dental Practice is located in Shelby Township, Michigan.  For more information visit The Gentle Dentist.