How to Store Partial Dentures for a Long Time

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How to Store Partial Dentures for a Long Time
Proper storage of your denture partials will preserve them long-term, for a proper fit when you need to use them again. (Teeth and Mouth image by Sujit Mahapatra from

Partial dentures, according to Agoka Dental, can be either removable or fixed and are a corrective option for teeth that are either missing or have been removed. Regardless of which type of partial is used, the materials and function of the partial are very similar to full dentures. Since daily use of the partial is essential to maintain the fit and tooth alignment, people seeking to store a partial long-term typically want to do so to have a backup for emergency use. To store the partial long-term, it's essential to prepare the partial properly and store it in an appropriate environment.

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Things you need

  • plastic denture or retainer case
  • 2 clean wash cloths
  • cup of cool water
  • soft, clean toothbrush

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  1. 1

    Remove and soak your partials in a glass of cool water.

    How to Store Partial Dentures for a Long Time
    Soaking the partial in water will help loosen trapped particles for easier cleaning. (water in a glass image by weim from
  2. 2

    Place a washcloth in the bottom of your sink as a cushion and rinse the partial under a steady stream of water from the faucet.

    How to Store Partial Dentures for a Long Time
    Block the drain before rinsing your partials in the sink. (Rubinetto image by volpeshop from
  3. 3

    Brush the partial gently with a soft toothbrush to remove any remaining particles or plaque.

    How to Store Partial Dentures for a Long Time
    Make sure to choose a soft-bristle tooth brush to prevent damaging the partial. (toothbrush image by Nicola Gavin from
  4. 4

    Dry the partial completely with a soft cloth.

    How to Store Partial Dentures for a Long Time
    Drying the partial completely with a soft wash cloth will help prevent mould during storage. (washcloths image by palms from
  1. 1

    Purchase a plastic, denture or retainer storage case from your dentist or orthodontist. Some replacement cases are available at local chemists also.

  2. 2

    Place the completely dry partial in the denture or retainer case and securely close the case.

  3. 3

    Label the outside of the case with your name, date and description of the contents. This help you identify the item quickly.

    How to Store Partial Dentures for a Long Time
    Use a permanent marker to adequately label the closed partial case. (marker image by Rich Johnson from
  4. 4

    Place the case on a cool, dry shelf for storage. Choose a place that is out of the way but that you access on a daily basis so you don't forget where you stored the partial.

  5. 5

    Always soak the stored partial in a glass of cool water for a few hours before reinserting. The materials will require time and moisture to regain their pliable consistency.

Tips and warnings

  • Soaking the partial in cool water before rinsing can help loosen particles trapped in the partial, notes Health Centre. Also, fill the sink with water before rinsing to provide a cushion in case you drop the partial. Partials are expensive, breakable dental tools that should be handled gently and not dropped, to prevent damage.
  • Never use hot water or toothpaste to clean your partial. Net Wellness notes that the hot water can warp the denture and regular toothpaste can break down the materials used to create the partial. Always use cool water to rinse and soak dentures or partials and consult your dental physician for cleansers safe to use on dentures and partial dentures.

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