Roughly 35 million Americans wear dentures. Almost all of them are unaware that the zinc found in many popular denture creams and powders can pose a serious threat to their health. Because the companies that make denture adhesives such as Poligrip® and Fixodent® failed to post adequate warnings about the potential for zinc poisoning associated with their products, many victims of denture adhesive side effects have opted to file lawsuits in pursuit of financial compensation for their damages.
- Super Poligrip
- as well as store brands.
Denture adhesives are creams, pastes, powders or adhesive pads that may be placed in/on dentures to help them stay in place. Sometimes denture adhesives contain zinc to strengthen the denture’s bond to the gums, as well as reduce odor.
High levels of zinc in the body may lead to neuropathy or other neurological side effects. Common symptoms of denture cream zinc toxicity include:
- Difficulty walking
- Loss of sensation
- Unexplained pain
- Tingling in hands or feet (“pins and needles”)
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of balance
One factor that has led to a number of cases of denture cream zinc poisoning is misuse of this product. A typical tube of denture cream is meant to last 3 to 10 weeks, but research has shown that many denture wearers go through denture cream at a much faster rate. Unfortunately, denture cream users were not properly warned of the dangers of zinc poisoning and were not given clear instructions on how to properly use these products. Many consumers could have been spared from the debilitating effects of zinc poisoning with more clear product labeling and instructions.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have have been injured by Denture Adhesive?
Possibly. If a manufacturer produces a dangerous or defective product, it can be held responsible to those who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has been harmed by Denture Adhesive, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Denture Adhesive lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.