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By Kenneth J. Hofmann, DMD
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

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 dentureswidespread 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!

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.