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