Where Can I Buy Used Dentures?

Have you ever considered buying second hand dentures? Admittedly it sounds like it could be related to a Halloween prank but it isn’t.

Let’s look at the reality of why someone may turn to used false teeth instead of going through the expense of buying a brand new set.

Why You Might Consider Buying Used False Teeth

1.  Cost

Well, first off, a complete set of dentures can cost in the neighborhood of $900 or more. Not everyone is prepared to spend that kind of money on teeth.

Even if your dentist has a payment plan option that is a lot of money that a good size of the population simply cannot afford.

2.  Availability

You can search online to buy used dentures. In fact, it is not uncommon to find postings on popular classified and bidding websites with used denture listings. eBay is one place where you can, depending on the season, purchase up to a jar full of old, used dentures.

So if you are after some dentures quickly, you might consider buying a set of second-hand false teeth.

Issues With Buying Used Dentures

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Second hand dentures is one of the cheaper options as an alternative to new false teeth.

Then there is the other side of the coin. Aside from hygienic issues and the overall ‘ick’ factor, there are some very good reasons why you should not seriously consider second hand dentures.

The reasons are varied but basically come down to these:

1.  Fit

If you were to look at the average person’s jawline, you could make a case that each one is distinctly different enough to be as unique as a fingerprint. When dentures are manufactured, part of the process is ensuring a proper fit in the mouth of the wearer.

This involves several fittings and adjustments. The idea is to create a plate of fake teeth that fit snugly inside the mouth as if they were there all along.

Finding a perfect fit from an assortment of second hand, used dentures is likely not possible.

2.  Relining

Even if you were to find a set of second hand dentures that were a close fit, they would still require adjustments. The refitting could be done using a small handheld filing tool to reshape and a relining resin to help fit the dentures snuggly into your mouth.

It is possible to do, however, the final fit may still never be optimal.

3.  Disease

Did we mention that used dentures may carry bacteria from whoever used to own and wear them?

Sure, there are cleaning solutions and methods available to get them looking as good as possible but think about it… What if those dentures are loaded with all kinds of bad germs?

4.  Function

Let’s just suppose you did manage to find a set of used dentures that you have been able to adjust enough that they fit fine in your mouth.

Will you be able to eat, chew, talk and smile with them? Part of the original fitting process addresses the space in the mouth and cheek area for a good fit for normal day-to-day use.

The Choice Is Up To You

In a world where organ transplants are commonplace, maybe buying, selling and wearing other people’s dentures shouldn’t be considered as something gross or creepy. When you consider organ transplants save many lives, used dentures could be saving some people’s smiles, and giving them the opportunity to eat and talk with confidence.

This is similar to reading glasses (I am sure that there are many other examples out there!). There are companies that recycle old reading glasses, giving others the opportunity to take advantage of used glasses that can serve someone well for many years. This has to be a better option than just sending them to landfill.

We know that there are people looking for them, but there does not appear to be a clear marketplace for used false teeth. It would be good if this could be done, especially to provide cheaper options for disadvantaged people. One day they may develop a cheap, practical and hygienic way to do this.

There are clearly some pros and cons to turning to second hand dentures as an alternative to new false teeth. If you can get past the fact that they were worn by someone else for probably several years, you can’t deny the cost saving. But would it really be worth saving a few hundred dollars for someone else’s teeth? Only you can answer that question.

Have you looked for and come across second hand false teeth? Where did you find them? How did they fit? Did you get them adjusted? What were the pros and cons? Please share your experience in the comments section below.

13 Comments

  1. Sharon Van Buskirk on September 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    You know if we cannot afford New Dentures……..how can we afford implants? Please enlighten me.

    • False Teeth Options False Teeth Options on September 25, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Hi Sharon
      Thanks for your comment. Although I am not quite sure what you mean.
      I understand that some people find that dentures are expensive. Hence why I put this post together.
      Dental implants can also be expensive for many people. If you are after a single tooth implant, then a denture may be an option. There are a few different options available, each having different price points. Have a look at this post for more information.
      Hope that helps.
      Regards
      Jade

  2. Patricia Jones on December 25, 2017 at 1:33 am

    in response to previous post. My Mother passed away in July,2017. She had dentures which were purchased in 2015. She wore the new ones briefly because she lost weight and never felt comfortable with them nor sought adjustments. therefore she continued to wear
    the old ones. Is there an organization which will take them off of my hands. I don’t expect full price but I would like something for them . I have the original paperwork. The dentures are just sitting in the drawer . some one could utilize them. Thank you.

    • False Teeth Options False Teeth Options on December 28, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Patricia
      Thanks for your comments and background to your situation. I am sorry to hear about your mother, and I am sure that there are others in the same situation.
      There are quite a lot of people with 2nd hand dentures that are in good condition that are no longer required. The problem is that they are custom made for a person’s mouth… as such, there is a good chance that 2nd hand dentures will not fit a new mouth well. Even if they are only slightly out, they can irritate your mouth – hence why most people get new ones. It’s a shame that there is not a larger market for used dentures, because a lot of time, money and effort has gone into them and no-one wants to see that go to waste.
      You may want to try advertising them online, or possibly call around to a few dentists to see if they are willing to take them. They may be able to recommend them to people with a similar jaw structure in an emergency or similar situation until their new dentures are complete.
      Good luck with it, and sorry I can’t be of any more assistance.
      Regards
      Jade

  3. mark starble on December 27, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I have 2 sets of great (everyday use) full upper dentures. I’m always looking to buy used uppers… reason being I surf every day, and use the old dentures after a bit of grinding and my resin recipe, then filled up with denture adhesive, then off I go. I have had some bad wipeouts where when I’ve gathered myself I have lost the denture. So real cheap dentures come in handy cost pennies and can be handy in some funny ways as I socialize in the water.

    • False Teeth Options False Teeth Options on December 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Mark
      Thanks for your comments.
      I think there are quite a few people that would have a use for 2nd hand dentures, but they can be hard to find. Where have you had the best luck finding used dentures in the past?

  4. Calvin G Critz on February 24, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I have five different pairs i need to sell let me know something

    • False Teeth Options False Teeth Options on February 25, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Calvin
      I have not been able to find any good places to sell used dentures. You can try eBay or other online marketplaces, or some local markets. But dentures are often custom made – as such most people will want to try them before buying to make sure that they fit well. So even if you do find somewhere to list them or display them for sale, they might not sell that easily.
      Let us know how you go.
      cheers
      Jade

    • [email protected] on March 12, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      i am looking for a pair

    • Altizerland on April 1, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      eBay sells them almost everyday.

      • False Teeth Options False Teeth Options on April 2, 2018 at 7:42 pm

        Hi Altizerland
        Yep, it’s pretty amazing what you can find on eBay these days.
        Thanks for the tip

  5. Jon Cloutier on April 16, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Hello,

    Thank you for creating this blog.

    We have been looking for two complete sets of false teeth for our new CNA training program. Unfortunately, web sources seem to sell plastic or theatric quality teeth.

    Please contact me if you have teeth you would like to donate or sell for a reasonable amount.

    Thank you!

    • False Teeth Options False Teeth Options on April 16, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Jon
      Thanks for your message.
      Unfortunately, I do not have any spare sets of false teeth that I can sell or give away.
      I put this post together mainly to highlight and make people aware that there is a need for 2nd hand dentures by people who do not know where to get them from. There are also people with spare sets of false teeth and do not know what to do with them. Hopefully by raising this awareness, we may be able to get some people with a spare set of dentures to make them available to those in need (whatever that need may be).
      Hope you find some soon.
      Jade

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