Partial dentures are removable devices that replace a few missing teeth, instead of all of the teeth on the jaw line. They can be attached either by metal clasps or precision attachments. Frequently these clasps and attachments require crowns to be put on some or all of the remaining teeth to hold the partial denture in place. Regardless, these supporting teeth must be in good health.
Complete dentures replace all the teeth on either the upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures are custom made and sized to fit the shape of your jaw and mouth. They mimic the color and appearance of your natural teeth. The unique impression of your teeth, bite and shape of your jaw shape will be used to create the dentures. The process to fabricate your custom dentures usually requires at least a three to four month wait after extraction of your teeth. This waiting period allows time for the gums and bone to heal and shape themselves to that an accurate fitting can take place when Dr. Camfield takes your impressions.
However, it is important to understand that you will not have to go any length of time without teeth, because in most cases, temporary dentures will be placed immediately following the removal of your teeth.
Over time your mouth will change, but your dentures will not. The jaw bones and gums will shrink. You usually need to have your dentures refitted or even remade after 5 -10 years.