A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and often enhance your smile. There are two types of dentures available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
A partial denture is a prosthetic device that fits around or fills in the gaps of a few missing teeth. Used to replace one or more teeth, a partial is removable by the wearer and may sometimes be supported by remaining natural teeth or other tooth replacement pieces like crowns or bridges.
Many patients choose partial dentures to correct their smile after tooth loss due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or a sports injury. When working with our dentist, you will discuss the best treatment plan for your unique smile needs.
At what age are dentures used?
While age is certainly not a factor when it comes to getting dentures, your oral health does play a major role. Typically, patients are over the age of 50 years old when they choose to get dentures. Bleeding gums or mouth sores can possibly lead patients to require dentures at a younger age. However, each case is different, so it’s best to talk to your dentist about your oral condition.
Dental implants vs. dentures
Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth with titanium screws that permanently fuse to the jawbone for a natural feel. They are often paired with dental crowns or bridges. On the other hand, dentures are fixed in the mouth using an adhesive material such as acrylic resin. Dentures can be removed for easy cleaning and maintenance.
How long do dentures last?
With our modern advancements in dentistry, today’s dentures are much more stable and resilient than ever before. Of course, proper maintenance is required to ensure a healthy fit and long-lasting wear. We recommend regular checkups every six months to ensure the fit and function of your dentures are up to par. We can repair and adjust any looseness or rough edges if needed as well.
How are dentures and partials made?
The dentist will take impressions of your upper and lower jaw, which will be sent to an offsite laboratory where technicians will use the impressions to make models of your teeth. Once your models have been made, they will help the dentist design your custom denture or partial. Your new smile will be crafted from durable, high-quality materials that will look and feel natural in your mouth. Once it’s completed, you’ll return to the office for a final fitting and any adjustments you may need.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (502) 893-5454 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4213 N Church Way, Louisville, KY, 40207, US.