How can I reuse or recycle … old dentures?

DenturesWe’ve had an email from Diana Meyrick-Thomas asking if there are any recycling schemes for false teeth – anyone got any ideas? Are there any groups collecting them for redistribution overseas?

And what about reuses? As a veteran humourologist, I’d be tempted to make them into gag items for around the home (bottle opener? cookie cutter? biting doorbell cover?) but has anyone else got any more sensible suggestions?

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155 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … old dentures?”


  1. Dona says:

    My husband died in January 2013, he had a full set of dentures I will donate. If anyone wants them, please email me at: donaandsteve@sbcglobal.net,
    and put DENTURES in the subject line. Thanks!

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry about your loss.
      My old dentures don’t fit anymore and what happens is that they make a whole new set or repair if possible.

    • Kirsty says:

      Sorry to hear of your loss.
      I lost my Mother last year and have a very large amount of her old dentures.
      Did anyone come up with where they could be reused? It seems an awful waste to just dump them!
      Kind regards
      Kirsty

  2. Jennifer says:

    Hi, I would love to make use of unwanted dentures – my email address is j.cardno@hotmail.com – if you want to donate dentures for me to use in my work, please send me an email and I’ll give you my address. I posted on here a few years ago and quite regularly receive dentures that people cannot make use of. Many thanks.

  3. Fiona says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss, My Mum died in January this year also and I was only talking to my Dad this evening saying that I’m sure dentures can be recycled. It’s good to know that such expensive dentures will be able to be reused.
    Thanks
    Fiona

  4. Penny Philpott says:

    I’m doing an artwork incorporating used false teeth. I have been collecting them from my relatives for a few decades and they do create a conundrum, as they’re not the sort of thing you throw away, but by the same token, they are interesting, and very varied. If anyone would like to pass on any used dentures, please send me an email.
    Penny

    • David says:

      Hi Penny,
      I have a small box of “no-longer-needed” false teeth. Probably about 6 or 7 pieces and a set of plaster mouldings of an upper and lower.
      I a tried to donate them to another artist but get no reply.
      If you provide an address I can send them.

    • Carol Roberts says:

      Hi penney i have a family member that has 2 sets of dentures of her husbands that passed away and she is looking to find a place for them instead of throwing away. if interested please let me know and we can send to you. I’m a activity director here at a long term care facility. Thanks carol

  5. sylvia turner says:

    i have some old dentures if they are any use to anyone would love it if they could be recycled thanks sylvia

  6. April says:

    We are in desperate need of a few sets of dentures to teach oral care classes to our caregivers. If anyone has any, please email me.

    Thank you,
    April
    azylstra@ccssite.org

    • Connie says:

      I have 2 pair of dentures in excellent condition. Please send me your physical address if you use them. Thanks, Connie

    • Larry Strunk says:

      I have my moms old dentures. Please send your address.

    • mary mason says:

      I have my mom’s dentures that I would like to find a good home for, please send me your address iff you still want them.

      • Aimee Hamrick says:

        Need lower dentures! Did not fit well, so would put on plate after eating. Threw the contents of the plate (including my dentures) in the trash and my husband burned the trash! $1400 wasted. Looking for approx. 2.5″ width (in back), 1.8″ width in front and 2″ long. If they are slightly larger, can trim and put reliner to fit. Thank you!

      • Anonymous says:

        I need dentures cos I can’t afford any I’m on fixed income..my address is 129 west Garrison Drive tupelo,ms.38801…I would be so thankful and may God bless you …that’s if I’m not yo late

      • Anonymous says:

        Pamela Coleman 129 west Garrison Drive. TUPELO,MS 38801..I’m disabled and can’t afford any and would truly be thankful call 662-523-0414.. thank you

  7. Karen Callahan says:

    I am a nurse and teach certified nursing assistant (CNA) and certified medical assistant (CMA) courses in a unique high school program and to adults at a non-profit tech school.

    Dentures are very hard to find used and reasonably priced as a teaching for students.

    If you have dentures that could be donated for students to learn to care for patients I would appreciate it.

    • Andi says:

      Karen, post your email address or mailing address. I have at least 1 set for you. Your program is exactly where I want them to go!

    • Helen Dean says:

      Hi Karen

      I have a couple of sets of dentures that belonged to my dear mum and I can’t bear to throw them away. Are you still wanting them and if so, could you please give me your address?

      Thanks

      Helen

    • Connie says:

      I have 2 sets of dentures in perfect condition. I can donate them to you, if you send me your address. Thank you
      Connie

    • Sue says:

      Karen,
      Never heard from you. Please send or post info of where you would like them sent.

    • Myra Hawkins-Ambler says:

      Karen, do you want any partial dentures. I have just found 5 lots in a drawer I was emptying. Myra.

    • Sue Darling says:

      I have a bottom part denture + plastic container, good condition – short term use only. Please send address if you’re interested. Hate to throw usable/useful things away!

    • Rosemary Warren says:

      Please let me know if you still need dentures , i have at least two sets of my late parents’ which I would like to donate

      Thanks

      • Emily says:

        I have a nursing assistant school and we could really use dentures! Please send me your email and I will give you my address.
        Thank you
        Emily

    • Deb says:

      Send me an address and I will forward you a pair.
      Pantherwood1@me.com

    • Odilia Kirst says:

      Hello,
      I have my late father’s dentures. Can I have your address so I can send them? I have always wanted them to be used for teaching activities. Many thanks Odilia

    • David Johnstone says:

      Hi Karen,
      I found you and your request for unwanted dentures on a website. If you are still able to use them please email me and let me have your postal address. I have a small box of them and will be pleased to post.
      If you can help with postage I would be grateful.

      Looking fwd to your reply

      • PAULA MAGEE says:

        I HAVE SEVERAL DENTURES ARE YOU STILL COLLECTING THEM
        PLEASE LEAVE ADDRESSIF YOU CAN STILL MAKE USE OF THESE

    • Soula says:

      Hi

      I was just looking for somewhere to donate my late aunty’s dentures and saw your message (dated 2013). Are you still collecting dentures for the courses you run? If so, please can you email me with your details (name, address and mobile etc) so I can get in touch?

      Many thanks.

      • Anonymous says:

        I need dentures cos I can’t afford any I’m on fixed income..my address is 129 west Garrison Drive tupelo,ms.38801…I would be so thankful and may God bless you …that’s if I’m not yo late. Call 6625230414

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi, I have several sets of dentures that the dentist made that did not fit. If you want them they are yours. Send me your physical address.

      • Anonymous says:

        Pamela Coleman 129 west Garrison Drive. Tupelo,Ms.38801…6625230414…I’m on fixed income disabled and I would be so thankful if you could help me

  8. Sue says:

    Karen, please forward where and any instructions of how you would like them packaged and I will send them to you.

  9. Helen Dean says:

    Sorry Karen, I’m not sure if my last e-mail was sent. It’s just that I have a couple of sets of dentures and would like you to have them – could you let me have your address please?

    Thanks

    Helen

  10. Peter says:

    We also have a couple of pairs of dentures if they are of use to anyone for teaching. If so then please send details and an address to the address below
    Peter
    ewormington@btinternet.com

  11. Treasa Lee says:

    I found a place that takes them, Office of Aging, Gosh’d, P O Box 51650, Knoxville, TN 51650-1650

  12. Chris Cully says:

    Looking for an old set of dentures for a theatre production. Please contact if you have a pair to donate.

  13. Suzy says:

    Can anyone use an old no-longer-used partial? It appears Emily has a use for dentures, but, as I said, I only have an old upper partial to donate.

  14. Amanda says:

    I’ve got a full upper set to donate to someone who can use them. Email me at amandajeanhaas@gmail.com.

  15. Rose says:

    There is a denture recycle place in Japan under :used dentures” and someone else suggested a nursing school or dental school for them to practice on teeth

  16. Debra says:

    I am looking for a full set of dentures. I will settle for a full upper denture if available. Please let me know how you can help. Thanks.

  17. Margaret Northmore says:

    Is there a teaching facility or artist in NZ who could use set of dentures made for a late family mamber and never used? If so, please e-mail me. Mgt N
    (mgtnnz@yahoo.co.nz)

  18. Margaret Northmore says:

    Thank you. I shall post dentures to a NZ address if and when contact is made. Mgt N

  19. terry blevins says:

    looking to donate false teeth for a good cause. Pleasee post an address. Terry

  20. Uluska3 says:

    Donate them to a sculptor, he might incorporate them into a sculpture.

  21. Vera says:

    Brake nuts with them. :)

  22. Vera3 says:

    Stick them into pumpkin during Halloween for super effect.

  23. Latex Mask says:

    @jeniffer

    Nice art work. That old man head, are they made of latex ?

  24. Ber says:

    I have a set of dentures to donate does anyone still need .

  25. Ber says:

    I have a set of dentures does anyone still need ?

  26. Aimee Hamrick says:

    Put this post in May and received a response, sent address in response to rely for dentures. Never heard from individual, sent email, silence! Got my hopes up to find dentures, please do not respond unless you can send me dentures! Thank you! Aimee

    Need lower dentures! Did not fit well, so would put on plate after eating. Threw the contents of the plate (including my dentures) in the trash and my husband burned the trash! $1400 wasted. Looking for approx. 2.5″ width (in back), 1.8″ width in front and 2″ long. If they are slightly larger, can trim and put reliner to fit. Thank you!

  27. Angela williams says:

    That was meant to say smiles not smoke sorry



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