Dentures Dentist Spencer
Dr. Melissa Kenfield has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a dentist for your dentures.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Kenfield has averaged 60+ continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of Indiana are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
“Great place to go. I love all of the staff and the fabulous care I get.”
Dr. Melissa Kenfield, with a high-tech office in Spencer, graduated with distinction from the IU School of Dentistry in 2006. She is experienced with dentures.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
Our goal at Kenfield Dental Group is to help you preserve natural teeth as long as possible. We always remind our patients that teeth can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and regular visits to our office.
However, we understand that nobody is perfect and that sometimes people tend to neglect nighttime brushing or skip dental appointments. If you continually evade your oral hygiene routine, tooth decay will be inevitable and require an extraction. Tooth loss has many consequences, so it’s always advisable to replace the missing tooth or teeth as soon as possible to prevent further inconveniences.
One possible alternative is removable dental prosthetics – a partial or a full denture. Dr. Kenfield can explain all the different teeth replacement options and ask you about your expectations to determine which one is the most suitable for you.
Photo features a hand holding an immediate full denture (false teeth).
Dentures are a set of artificial teeth custom-made in a dental lab to fit your mouth perfectly. They fit snugly over the gum tissue where teeth used to be, replacing the missing natural teeth.
Apart from the obvious aesthetic benefit, dentures help patients with multiple missing teeth to eat and talk better. They can be easily removed for cleaning, keeping both the denture and the gum tissue free of bacteria and rests of food.
There are different types of dentures, depending on the patient’s need. The most common ones are:
A full or complete denture is an acrylic removable dental prosthesis that replaces all upper or lower teeth. It is suitable for patients missing all teeth in a dental arch. Full dentures cover all the gum tissue where teeth used to be. The upper denture has an acrylic plate that covers the roof of the mouth. These dentures sit tightly on the gums or are held in place by dental adhesive. They are not the most comfortable option (they don’t have the best retention), but they are the most affordable alternative.
Photo features a hand holding a partial denture (false teeth).
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures are removable prosthetic devices that replace one or more missing teeth. They sit between the existing teeth, filling the black gap where natural teeth used to be.
Partial dentures use the remaining teeth for support and retention. They are an economical alternative to dental implants or bridges, and they provide more comfort than complete dentures. However, unlike dental implants, partial dentures don’t prevent bone resorption and its consequences. Patients need to understand the long-term effects of this type of denture before moving forward with the treatment.
At Kenfield Dental Group Dr. Kenfield tries to make partial dentures as discreet as possible.
Partial Dentures Near Me
You might want to ask Dr. Kenfield at Kenfield Dental Group in Spencer, IN about partial dentures if you have lost one or multiple teeth but still have healthy remaining teeth.
Partial dentures represent an affordable and straightforward option to fill the gaps in your smile. It is an advisable option if the cost of other tooth replacement alternatives like implants or bridges is of concern.
We would be happy to see you at our office and discuss the alternatives until we find a course of treatment to improve your smile within your budget.
Why should I choose partial dentures?
Partial dentures are the perfect choice for patients who want to replace missing teeth and have a limited budget. If you have dental insurance, most plans cover at least a part of the treatment, which can help keep your expenses to a minimum. Partial dentures are comfortable and easy to maintain.
How much do partial dentures cost?
The cost of partial dentures depends on many factors, but the most important ones are how many teeth you need to replace and what type of dental insurance coverage you have. We cannot estimate a budget over the phone – the dentist needs to examine your mouth, and our receptionists need to check your insurance coverage. The best way to know for sure what your treatment expenses are is to schedule a consultation. At Kenfield Dental Group, we will be sure to answer all your questions, and you leave our office satisfied with your visit.
Full dentures that snap onto implants (Snap-In Dentures)
Implant-supported dentures are the best of both worlds. These dentures are still removable (perfectly hygienic), but they also have excellent retention as they snap onto implants surgically screwed into the jawbone.
In addition to the comfort of eating without worrying about your fake teeth, snap-in dentures also have other long-term benefits. They help preserve jawbone structure, which prevents normal deterioration over time. The denture will not rub on the gum tissue, causing irritation and discomfort. Read more about implant-supported dentures here: (link to implant section)Read more about snap-in dentures on the Dental Implants page.
Securing dentures with implants helps prevent bone loss.
2, 4 or more dental implants can be used to secure a denture.