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San Francisco dentist explains why proper care of removable bridges is essential to oral health

Removable Bridges from San Francisco dentist

Removable bridges, commonly called removable partial dentures, may be recommended for patients who are missing several, but not all, of their teeth. Typically, they are made of a metal framework with gum colored plastic and replacement teeth. Partial dentures connect to the existing teeth for support. They can be a less expensive option, but they require a skilled dentist, such as Dr. Leo Arellano in San Francisco, who can create a precision design for a secure fit. They also require effective care by the patient to prevent plaque buildup on the teeth they are anchored to.

Study Results

Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo found that people wearing removable partial dentures might be at a higher risk for development of periodontal disease and tooth decay due to biofilm formation. A survey by Kelton for GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) found that 36 percent of partial denture wearers did not do anything different with their oral hygiene practices after receiving their denture, and 79 percent said they are better informed about taking care of their natural teeth than they are about caring for their partial.

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Partial denture care

San Francisco dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano, offers the following instructions for caring for partial dentures:

  • Rinse – After eating, remove your partial denture and rinse under tepid running water to remove food debris.
  • Brush – Brush natural teeth with a soft bristled brush. Clean the palate and tongue with a brush or soft gauze.
  • Clean – Scrub the partial at least once a day. Use a denture brush and denture cleaner or mild dishwashing liquid to scrub the denture gently. Do not use a stiff bristled brush or abrasive toothpaste as it can damage the denture.
  • Handle with care – Work over a towel or basin of water to prevent damage in case the denture is dropped. Be careful not to bend the denture or clasps when handling it.
  • Soak – Partial dentures should be soaked in water overnight to prevent them from drying out.
  • Checkups – Regular dental checkups are essential to maintain oral health and to ensure the partial denture and anchor teeth are in good condition.

Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leo Arellano and his talented team. They keep San Francisco smiling beautifully with exceptional care and patient education.



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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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