Our Services Dentures

Full Dentures

A full denture replaces a full arch of teeth.  Traditional full dentures are removable and rely solely on your gums to hold them in place and for support while chewing. Unfortunately, patients must frequently rely on adhesives to hold the denture in place. However, new advancements have allowed practitioners to anchor your full denture using dental implants.

While nothing can perfectly replace your natural teeth, new advancements in denture technology have made dentures more comfortable and stable than ever before.

Removable Partial Dentures

Ocean Springs Dental also offers removable partial dentures for areas of your mouth where some teeth have been lost or extracted and some healthy teeth remain. Partials are held in place by metal or plastic clasps that affix to those surrounding teeth. Implants can also be incorporated into the design to improve the function and comfort of the removable partial denture.

Removable partial dentures serve as an alternative to fixed partial dentures (bridges) or dental implants.  They can help to restore esthetics and function to areas with several missing teeth.

Implants and Dentures

Implant retained Dentures

A very common complaint among denture wearers is that the denture moves, or floats. This is an extremely frequent complaint, particularly regarding mandibular, or lower, dentures. A floating denture makes it difficult for the wearer to function, and can be a source of significant embarrassment. Other common complaints are that the denture feels bulky, causes gagging, covers the roof of the mouth, and makes speaking difficult. Fortunately, dental implants can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures. This helps to alleviate many of the problems people have with their dentures.

The implant retained denture is similar to a normal denture, except that it contains clips that allow it to attach to implants which are placed in the jaw bone.  This allows the denture to be held firmly in place by the implants and prevents to denture from floating. The pressure placed on the denture teeth during chewing is still supported by the underlying gum tissue. Implant retained dentures are removable and are unsnapped and taken out of the mouth for cleaning. 

The highest level of care Dr. Hendrix is able to provide to patients who desire removable dentures are implant supported dentures, which provide an even higher level of comfort for the patient.  The implant supported denture is similar to the implant retained denture except more implants and clips are utilized. This allows the chewing forces to be fully supported by the implants and avoids any stress being placed on the gums. Implant supported dentures are extremely stable and patients are typically able to function just as if they had natural teeth.

In addition to supporting and stabilizing your denture teeth, implants can help stabilize and maintain your bone levels. Natural tooth roots and dental implant posts are fixed firmly in your jawbone. When you chew, these tooth roots and posts stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after wearing floating dentures. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone and appearance.

Our Services

     
Glenn Hendrix, DMD is rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 123 reviews from around the Web.
    09/25/2018
         
    He is excellent at explaining everything. Laurie is just as helpful and kind. This is a great place to go!
  • 09/19/2018
         
    Absolutely great....!!!!!!!!! The staff and Dr.Hendrix always welcome you with a smile. Such a blessing!!!!!!
    09/12/2018
         
    Only dentist I have ever felt comfortable with.
  • 09/10/2018
         
    The most gentle dental exam I've ever had!!
    08/08/2018
         
    Relocating to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and need a dentist in the Ocean Springs area who is professional, skilled, knowledgeable, friendly and has an awesome staff then call or stop in for a brief visit and you will find, you have come to the right place., we did.
  • 07/31/2018
         
    Very courteous and willing to help, very thorough and staff was excellent, like family !
    06/27/2018
         
    Lea was very, very Helpful!
    06/19/2018
         
    Great experience every time I go! Everyone is always friendly and helpful.
  • 05/30/2018
         
    Professional, knowledgeable, considerate, trustworthy. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a dentist in the ocean springs area.
  • 05/17/2018
         
    Not only is Dr. Hendrix + Lori + Lea kind, but they are extremely knowledgeable.
  • 05/17/2018
         
    I stumbled across Dr. Hendrix and was able to easily get in within a few days. Not only is
    05/10/2018
         
    Very pleased!We are new to the area and i had a VERY BAD tooth ache! They were all very kind!