Denture FAQs

At Shelby Dental we specialize in same-day dentures that restore your brilliant smile. Our dental technicians have a combined 25 years of experience in making custom dental appliances that look and feel completely natural, and we take great pride in helping our patients look great.


It’s natural to have questions about your new dentures and other dental appliances. We’ve provided answers to the more common questions below, but if you have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to contact us online or at 205-664-1190.

What are immediate dentures?

Immediate dentures are typically created prior to the removal of teeth, and are placed after tooth removal to allow your gums to heal and to your teeth properly spaced for implants or permanent dentures.

How long will it take my gums to heal after tooth extraction?

Barring any complications, your gums should heal and be ready for permanent dentures after six to nine weeks.

How long do I leave in immediate dentures?

Immediately following your tooth extraction you should leave in your immediate dentures for 24 to 48 hours. This allows your gums to heal. After that initial period, however, you should regularly remove your immediate dentures to floss and brush.

How long do permanent dentures last?

With proper care, permanent dentures can last up to 7 years. You should plan on getting new dentures every 5 to 7 years. Your mouth changes with time, and it’s important that your dentures properly fit. Also, even the highest-quality dentures wear down, and that wear can affect your overall oral health.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are appliances that fill in gaps when some, but not all, of your teeth have been removed.

What's the difference between immediate and same-day dentures?

Immediate dentures are placed same-day, but they’re not intended for long-term use. Shelby Dental has the technology to create both immediate dentures and permanent same-day dentures.

How long does it take to adjust to new dentures?

While we take every step to ensure your new dentures fit as well as possible, it will still take a while to adjust. Typically it takes about a month to become accustomed to new dentures. If your dentures still feel uncomfortable after 30 days, please let us know so we can adjust them for you.

What if my dentures don't fit properly?

If your dentures still don’t feel right after you’ve had them for 30 days, please come back into the office so we can adjust them. Our goal is to provide comfortable dentures that feel as though they’re a natural part of your mouth, and if they don’t we want to address it.

My teeth aren't perfectly white - won't my partial dentures look strange?

We can address this issue in two ways: first, we can clean and polish your teeth so they’re as brilliantly white as possible. Second, our dental technicians will tint your dentures so they perfectly match your teeth. Our ultimate goal is to provide you a beautiful, natural smile, and we have the skill and technology to make that happen.

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