How to put a tooth back in a denture plate

Updated July 20, 2017

Dentures are a great solution for people who no longer have their teeth. Whether you're on vacation, or enjoying a holiday weekend, you may not be able to get to your dentist right away. If a tooth falls out of your denture plate, you can replace the tooth, and safely use your dentures on a temporary basis, until you can see your dentist. Home repair kits consisting of a resin powder, liquid adhesive and mixing tray, can be bought over-the-counter whenever you have a sudden denture emergency.

Thoroughly clean and dry the denture plate, and the dislodged tooth.

Put on the latex gloves to protect your hands from the resin you will be mixing.

Pour the powder from the denture repair kit into the mixing tray.

Open the vial of liquid from the repair kit and squeeze the bulb, to completely fill the dropper.

Squeeze drops of liquid into the tray of powder -- counting each drop -- and stirring with a Popsicle stick as you go. Most kits instruct you to use a certain number of drops, but you may need to add more than recommended, to achieve a creamy toothpaste texture.

Using a toothpick, quickly spread a small amount of the resin mix on the tooth, where it will meet the dental plate. Put the tooth into place, pressing firmly, and hold it there for five minutes.

Scrape away any excess resin that may squeeze out, using the clean end of the toothpick.

Fill the mug with hot, not boiling, water and soak the repaired dentures for ten minutes

Gently sand away any excess resin, taking care not to scrape the surface of the tooth. Wrap the end of the toothpick with sandpaper, to get at the small areas.


Apply resin mixture to the tooth quickly, because it will start to set up rapidly after mixing.


The FDA warns that denture repairs are only to be used for short-term emergencies. Use this method to replace a tooth in your denture plate, only when you cannot see your dentist right away. Wearing home-repaired dentures can result in short-term discomfort. If you wear them long-term, you can damage your jaw bone.

Things You'll Need

  • Latex gloves
  • Denture repair kit
  • Popsicle stick
  • Toothpicks
  • Mug or large cup
  • Hot water
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
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Jane Schmidt has worked in editing since 2003. She served as an editorial assistant of a literary journal and worked with friends to start and write for a community paper. Schmidt received her Bachelor of Arts in design studies and is pursuing a Master of Public Health from The Ohio State University.