Finding the best teeth replacement system can be overwhelming and stressful. We all want to feel comfortable and confident in our smile, and we want the artificial teeth to last for a long period of time. Dentures have progressed with the use of improved and lighter plastics, adhesives, impression materials, and even dental implants. Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris utilize the latest technology to deliver clinical excellence in each of their general, restorative, and cosmetic services. At their Mansfield office, they offer partial dentures, full dentures, and implant-secured dentures. They now discuss the differences between these types of dentures.
Types of Dentures
- Partial dentures are a good option when you do not need all of your teeth replaced. Partial dentures are a set of artificial teeth that are attached to a gum-colored plastic base. They are comprised of a metal framework and subtle clasps that connect the denture to surrounding healthy teeth. Partial dentures can be taken out and reinserted into your mouth, so they provide a removable option compared to fixed bridges.
- Full dentures replace all of your teeth on the lower or upper jaw. The replacement teeth rest atop a flesh-covered acrylic base that fits over your gums.
- Implant-secured dentures are dentures that are attached to dental implants. For those who do not have sufficient bone tissue to support traditional dental implants, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris also offer mini implants, also referred to as MDI Denture Stabilization System. Mini implants are smaller than typical implants, and they are more efficiently placed into the jawbone. Immediately after the doctor inserts the mini implants, he can place the denture on top of the mini implants. Implant-secured dentures benefit from the stability provided by the implant root.
What to Expect with Your Dentures
Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris will instruct you on how long to wear the denture and when to remove it. The denture may feel foreign and awkward in the beginning, but over time, you will adapt to it. If it continuously presses uncomfortably on a certain area of your mouth, inform your dentists so that they can adjust it. Also, avoid eating chewy or hard foods in the beginning. It may help to cut soft food into smaller bites, and attempt to chew evenly on both sides to distribute the chewing force to both sides. Do not force the denture into place by biting down on it as it may break the clasps. Also, continue to practice good dental hygiene habits by brushing your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth before inserting your dentures in the morning. Brushing your mouth with a soft bristled toothbrush will remove plaque.
About Your Doctors
Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris will explain your options so that you can make a thoughtful decision on what type of denture is right for you. If you would like to discuss dentures or schedule a consultation, call 817-473-6227. We serve patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.