Are you missing one or more teeth? This is a common dental condition, affecting almost 180 million American adults. If you're part of this widespread statistic, you have several options available that will help you fill in the gaps. Partial dentures, or partials for short, are a great way to renew your smile. Dr. Kenneth Hofmann, your dentist in Louisville, KY, explains more about partials in this post.
What are partial dentures?
As with full (or complete) dentures, partial dentures are removable dental appliances that take the place of lost natural teeth. However, partials are designed for people who still have several of their natural teeth. Partials fill in these gaps with metal clasps that hook onto natural teeth. The rest of the appliance is made from a plastic base that will match with your gums and realistic-looking porcelain teeth. The base's shape and size, as well as the number of teeth it contains, will depend on how many teeth your partial is replacing and where in the mouth it is located.
Why should I consider partial dentures?
Having a full smile makes a great first impression, but partial dentures from your Louisville dentist are more than just aesthetic. Wearing dentures also makes it easier to chew certain foods, such as meat or raw vegetables, both of which are important for a healthy, balanced diet. Wearing dentures also helps cut back on the inevitable bone loss and tooth shifting that happens when there are empty spaces. Although it can take some time to get used to the feeling of wearing dentures, the benefits will make the adjustment period worth it!
If you're interested in improving your smile with partial dentures, contact the dental office of Dr. Hofmann in Louisville, KY today. We'll be happy to help you get started!
Most people have something they would like to change about their smile. Whether it's getting whiter teeth or fixing chipped, uneven, or even missing teeth, restorative dentistry makes it possible to improve even the most damaged smile. From porcelain veneers to dental implants, there is a solution available for virtually every cosmetic and general dentistry problem for people of all ages. Dr. Kenneth J. Hofmann offers a range of cosmetic and restorative dental services in Louisville, KY.
Restorative Dentistry in Louisville, KY
Stained and discolored teeth are one of the most common cosmetic dental problems. From drinking coffee to suffering trauma from an accident or sports injury, to the normal wear and tear that comes along with the aging process, teeth are vulnerable to stains even with good oral hygiene and regular dental care. After color, size and spacing problems are among the most common cosmetic dental complaints. Oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease can also affect how your teeth look, and even result in tooth loss in extreme cases. Restorative dentistry allows your dentist to improve your oral health and make your teeth look better than before.
Common Restorative Dentistry Procedures
Depending on the dental issue and severity, there are a number of restorative procedures available to achieve a new and improved smile. Some of the most common procedures include:
- Professional teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Cosmetic bonding
- Dental implants
- Crowns and bridges
- Dental fillings
- Root canal therapy
In order to maintain a healthy, attractive smile and to avoid common oral health issues like periodontal (gum) disease, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends going to the dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and check up, as well as practicing good oral hygiene at home.
Find a Family Dentist in Louisville, KY
It is never too late to change or improve your smile. For more information on restorative dentistry treatments and to find the option that is best for you, contact our office by calling (502) 895-7715 to schedule an appointment today.
Gaps don't have to become a permanent feature of your smile. Dental implants restore lost teeth and improve your appearance. Our Louisville, KY, dentist, Dr. Kenneth Hofmann, explains how the dental implant process works.
What are the steps in the implant process?
Receiving a dental implant requires a three-step process. During the first appointment, a small opening will be made in your jawbone after you receive an anesthetic. After the implant is placed in the opening, it's covered with gum tissue. When your implant has bonded to your jawbone, a process that may take three to six months, you'll receive an abutment, which will connect a dental crown to the implant. An impression of your mouth that will be used to create the crown will also be obtained.
During the third step in the process, you'll visit our Louisville office to receive your dental crown. The implant process may be extended by several months if you need bone grafts due to a shallow jawbone.
Are you a good candidate?
Dental implants may be a good choice for you if:
- You're in good health. Some diseases, such as immune system conditions or diabetes, may affect healing, which can compromise the success of implants.
- You have a deep jawbone. If your jawbone is too shallow, it won't be able to support dental implants. Luckily, the problem can often be corrected by adding bone grafts to your jawbone before the implant process begins.
- You don't smoke. Smoking can also affect healing and may increase the likelihood that you'll experience an infection that can loosen your dental implant.
- You have a good oral hygiene routine. Even though your new tooth may be artificial, it's still important to keep it clean by brushing and flossing it daily. Failure to brush and floss around the implant may increase the chance of an infection.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants offer several important benefits. They feel more like real teeth, don't slip, keep your jawbone strong and prevent your other teeth from shifting by closing the gap in your smile.
Are you ready to get rid of the gaps in your smile? Call Louisville, KY, dentist, Dr. Hofmann, at (502) 895-7715 to schedule an appointment.
Metal free crowns are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth, strengthening weakened or damaged teeth or improving the appearance of imperfect teeth.They offer several advantages over metal crowns, such as being more durable and having a more natural appearance. Dr. Kenneth Hofmann is your dentist for metal free crowns in Louisville, KY.
Reasons for Getting Crowns
Metal free crowns can serve a variety of functional and cosmetic purposes. Some of the reasons for getting metal free crowns in Louisville include:
- Concealing cosmetic problems, such as cracks, chips and discolorations.
- Strengthening teeth that have become weak and worn down over time.
- Strengthening teeth that have become damaged due to injury or decay.
- Covering a decayed tooth after a root canal.
- Replacing missing teeth and covering a dental implant.
- Sealing teeth with cavities that are too large to fill.
- Anchoring a dental bridge securely in place.
Advantages of Metal Free Crowns
Metal free crowns can be made from various materials, such as porcelain, ceramic or resin. Metal crowns, on the other hand, can be made entirely of metal, as with gold crowns, or they can be composed of a mix of metal and non-metal materials, such as porcelain fused to metal. Metal free crowns offer several advantages over metal crowns. For instance, they look more natural and tend to be more stable.
Crowns made from porcelain, ceramic or resin closely resemble natural tooth enamel. Further, the color, shape and size of porcelain, ceramic or resin crowns can be perfectly matched to a patient’s existing teeth so that the crowns blend in and look natural. Metal crowns do not have the same look as the natural teeth and can stand out when smiling.
Another advantage of metal free crowns is they tend to be more stable. Normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing, can be performed without worry.
In Louisville, metal free crowns can be placed by Dr. Hofmann. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (502) 895-7715.
Could you benefit from partial dentures? If you've lost several teeth, they provide an excellent tooth restoration option. Our Louisville, KY, dentist, Dr. Kenneth Hofmann, explains how partial dentures can help improve your smile.
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures only replace a section of teeth, unlike a full denture that replaces all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The dentures consist of several artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base supported by a metal frame. Small hooks attach the removable dentures to the natural teeth that help support them.
If you prefer a less noticeable attachment option, you may want to consider precision attachments. These attachments are more expensive, but are a good choice if you would like your new dentures to blend in with the rest of your smile. Crowns, hollow restorations that fit over natural teeth, may be recommended to help support your new partial denture.
When are partial dentures recommended?
You may need partial dentures if you've lost several teeth due to decay, gum disease, injuries or other dental issues. If you don't replace your missing teeth, you may find it hard to chew food, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Your teeth also play an important role in speech. If several teeth are missing, you may find it difficult to pronounce certain words. When you wear partial dentures, eating and speaking is much easier. Partial dentures also prevent your other teeth from shifting and overlapping due to the gap in your smile.
Is it hard to get used to partial dentures?
Like anything new, there's a period of adjustment after you receive your partial dentures. They may feel a little tight at first, but as the weeks go by, they should gradually begin to feel more comfortable. You won't wear your dentures for long periods of time initially, but will gradually extend the wearing time. If your dentures still feel a little uncomfortable after a few weeks, we can make a few adjustments in our Louisville office that may help improve the fit.
Restore your smile with partial dentures. Call Louisville, KY, dentist, Dr. Hofmann, at (502) 895-7i715 to make an appointment to find out if the dentures are a good choice for you.
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