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How to Remove Partial Dentures

Updated March 23, 2017

If you have partial dentures, removing them for cleaning is an important part of keeping them in good condition as well as keeping your whole mouth healthy. New denture wearers may experience a period of adjustment, but a little practice will have you popping your partials in and out with ease.

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  1. Put a towel in the bottom of your sink and fill the sink about halfway up with water. The water and the towel in the sink will act as a buffer in case you drop your dentures as you remove them and should prevent them shattering.

  2. Lean over the sink and gently but firmly pull your partial denture out. Use your thumb and forefinger to grasp your partial denture on the front and the back in a way that is comfortable for you. Lower dentures should be pulled upwards and then outwards, while upper dentures will be pulled downwards and outwards. Depending on the tightness of the clasps, you may need to use a rocking motion to loosen the denture before you pull it completely out.

  3. Place your dentures into a glass of lukewarm water if you are not going to be cleaning them right away. Keeping them in water will prevent them from becoming drying out or warping.

  4. Warning

    If removing your partial dentures is painful, check with your dentist to see you need an adjustment in fit.

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About the Author

Lily Welsh

Lily Welsh is a freelance writer from North Carolina, though she has spent much of her adult life living abroad. She is the About.com Guide to Music Careers, and her work appears frequently in other Web-based and print publications. Welsh has worked in the music industry for 15 years and counting and holds B.A.s in international studies and economics.

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