Q: I recently had dental implants to secure a full lower denture. I am back at my summer home and noticed a sharp projection cutting into my gum. Is there anything wrong with adjusting dentures with some home tools? Fred in Nantucket
A: Back in the early 90’s, I performed at an open mike night at a comedy club. I did a whole routine on the “Home Vasectomy Kit by Ronco.” “If you buy now, you get the Pocket Fisherman AND the Ginsu Knives for FREE! But wait, there’s more…..” You had to see it live. Trust me it killed.
Although adjusting dentures at home is not recommended, if you cannot get to a dentist and happen to have a small, sharp projection of metal or acrylic on the removable parts of the denture, not the implant attachments in the mouth, you could file it down with an emery board used for finger nails. Don’t take the denture to the lathe in your garage wood shop.
If you have a standard non-implant supported denture with metal clasps that seem to have loosen, only use light inward pressure with your thumbs to spring the clasp a bit closer to the teeth. Do not use a needle nose plier from the toolbox. You don’t want to risk breaking a clasp or making it so tight that it traumatizes the tooth or slips down and lacerates your gum.
Hopefully you can avoid dentures all together, which are usually made for those with limited finances or for patients who waited too long and have no bone left to install permanent teeth with implants. For a short video preview of my next FREE seminar to the public (info below), contact us and I will email you the video.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Josephs will be giving a FREE seminar to the public: “Teeth for Life”: A hi-tech update on the latest techniques in Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry as well as Botox and Juvederm Treatment. Join us at 10:00 AM at the Double Tree Hotel on PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens on Friday May 3rd. Only 40 seats remain. Call 888-DRTOOTH (561-832-2917) to register today!
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant Cosmetic and General Dentistry and hosts “Tooth Talk” on WBZT AM123.0 Dr. Josephs is on staff at West Palm Hospital (Formerly Columbia Hospital) and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.