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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dentures & Partials

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These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.

Dentures & Partials

Immediate dentures are an option that allows you to wear dentures almost immediately after your tooth extraction surgery.

The downside to choosing immediate dentures is that because they're fitted before your teeth are removed, you will have to visit your dentist to adjust them quite a bit as your jaw changes during your healing process. This may mean a longer learning curve while you're getting used to eating, chewing, and talking with your new teeth.

Conventional dentures are another option that your dentist fits after your teeth are extracted and your jaw and gums have completely healed. However, choosing this option means you may have to spend some time without teeth as it can take six to twelve weeks to complete the healing process.

Wearing dentures is a big decision, and if you're dealing with the loss of multiple teeth, our dentists would love to discuss your options. Drs. Ben and Kate McDonald have helped many patients restore their smiles, and we're happy to present your options to you during an evaluation where we'll discuss your goals for your smile. 

You don't have to struggle with tooth loss any longer! Dentures in Roanoke, VA, can restore your smile and confidence. Call (540) 342-7221 to learn more.

At first, your dentist may recommend that you wear your dentures to sleep. This will speed up your mouth’s adjustment to the dentures and allow you to quickly detect and correct any spots where the fit is uncomfortable. After your mouth has adjusted to the dentures, they may be worn throughout the day and removed while you sleep.


When you first get your dentures, you will need to start with soft foods and slowly introduce harder foods as you get used to biting and chewing with the dentures in. Chew gently and take smaller bites to avoid loosening the dentures as you eat.

It will take your mouth some time to get used to the feel of dentures. After a few months, however, you will feel comfortable eating and talking with your dentures in and experience little to no soreness or discomfort. If you ever do experience soreness or if your dentures aren’t fitting right, please let us know.

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