Town East Dental Group

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dentures & Partials

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Here at Town East Dental Group, we take a proactive, preventive approach to oral health care. By staying a step ahead of problems, we can help you avoid discomfort and costly treatment. 

An essential part of prevention is patient education because we can't monitor your oral health habits 24/7, and we want you to have all the information you need to make healthier choices and informed decisions about your dental care. One of the best ways for us to understand what matters to you is by listening to your questions. You deserve to be informed about your oral health, and no question is too small – if it matters to you, it matters to us.

Here are a few of the questions we hear most often at our practice, but you may have some of your own that aren't listed here. Please call our office at (972) 270-2911 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

Dentures & Partials

We recommend that you remove your dentures or partial before you go to sleep. This break gives your gums and bone time to "breathe" after the pressure of wearing the denture all day long. And remember, you should never wear dentures for 24 hours without performing proper oral hygiene. 

Take your dentures out when it's time to clean them. Don't use regular toothpaste because it often contains abrasive materials that damage dentures made of acrylic resin and plastic. Brush your dentures gently every day with a non-abrasive denture cleaner and a special denture brush to clean your dentures by hand. 

Most dentures need to stay moist to prevent them from drying out, cracking, or warping. When you're not wearing your dentures, place them in water or a mild denture cleaning solution and let them soak overnight. If you have questions about cleaning your dentures or storing them when not in use, please let us know, and we will be happy to provide you with instructions for proper care and handling. 

You can count on the team at Town East Dental Group to help you through every step of the dentures process including tips for wearing them and caring for them properly. Please don't hesitate to contact us at (972) 270-2911 if you have questions.

Both bridges and partial dentures address the esthetic problem of missing teeth, which is a big gap in your smile. The difference is in the way that they work.

If you have random gaps in your smile, we will design a partial denture with artificial teeth that fit into the empty spaces like a puzzle. The partial sits on your gums and is held in place with clasps that attach to adjacent teeth. You can remove partial dentures as needed or for oral hygiene. 

A bridge is a prosthetic that fills in the gap left by a missing tooth. It is a three-piece unit that consists of an artificial tooth called a pontic that has a dental crown on either side. The pontic sits in the space, and the crowns are placed on adjacent teeth on either side to stabilize it and restore function.

Regarding lifespan, we usually recommend replacing partial dentures every five years or so. A dental bridge that’s properly cared for with good oral hygiene and routine visits can last much longer; a bridge can last anywhere from five and fifteen years or longer.

If you have missing teeth and aren’t sure whether a partial denture or bridge is the right choice for your situation, please call Town East Dental Group. Dr. RJ Loera will explain all your options and help you decide which approach best fits your needs.

A bridge is a type of treatment that is used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are permanently cemented and do not come out. Bridges still need to be cleaned and flossed like normal teeth. A denture is a treatment option used to replace all the top or bottom teeth when they are missing. Dentures can come out and are not permanently fixed in the mouth. 

A denture is a removable appliance that replaces all the teeth on the top or bottom jaw. A partial is a removable appliance that replaces some of the teeth on the top or bottom jaw. A partial stays in the mouth by "clasping" to the remaining teeth. A denture stays in the mouth by suction to the gum tissue. 

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