Dr. Alisa Kauffman Has Tips For You
Dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all quarantined in our homes.
During this time I am taking questions and one of the questions i’m getting from families who are taking care of their parents (not even knowing they’ve ever worn dentures before) is, “What do I do? How do I remove the denture?”
Partial Denture Removal & Cleaning
The first question I ask is, “Are there hooks on the denture?” If the answer is yes, this is a partial denture. The way to remove a partial denture is to take your fingernails and find the clasps, whether they’re metal or plastic, and just pull them down quickly (if located on the upper jaw), or push up quickly (if located on the lower jaw). That will release the denture.
You’re gonna clean the denture by rinsing it under warm water. Brush it lightly making sure that all of the food is taken out of the inside and on the teeth. Then line up the denture along the teeth so that the teeth match the hooks/clasps and push it up quickly or push it down quickly. Quickly because many people complain about it hurting when taken out or placed back in.
Complete Denture Removal & Cleaning
The other type of denture is where there are no teeth, that is called a complete denture. That’s much easier to remove for the most part unless it hasn’t been removed for years, I hear about that happening all the time as well.
So you’re going to stick your finger underneath the lip (wear gloves or scrub your hands and fingers with soap beforehand), find the border where the plastic is and you’re going to push it down very quickly if on the top, or up very quickly if on the bottom.
Rinse it off, and place it back into the patient’s mouth.
You really should take them out at night. However, if they’re not used to that, now is not the time to change up their routine. Do not fight with them that that’s the way it’s supposed to be.