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By Kenneth J. Hofmann, DMD
June 14, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Could you benefit from partial dentures? If you've lost several teeth, they provide an excellent tooth restoration option. Our Louisville, KY, denturesdentist, 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.

By Kenneth J. Hofmann, DMD
March 30, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Louisville, KY dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Louisville, KY Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Louisville, KY dentist to schedule an appointment.