Denture Commonly Asked Questions
What is a denturist?
Denturists are licensed independent professionals trained to provide removable denture prosthetic services directly to the public. A denturist completes both clinical and laboratory procedures in-house. What that means, is that we do all the steps necessary to make a denture. This allows us to immediately transfer information completed in the operatory to our in-house laboratory, resulting in fewer appointments, faster turnaround times and in turn a happier client.
Denturists work together with your Dentist making partial dentures or immediate dentures when alternations to natural teeth are required.
List of services:
- Assess and treat clients who are missing some or all of their natural teeth
- Make, repair, reline, replace or furnish complete partial dentures
- In accordance with a prescription from a client’s dentist, make or furnish partial dentures, overdentures and implant retained dentures
- Reline, replace teeth, or make repairs to partial dentures, dentures and overdentures.
Who are denturists?
Denturists are denture specialists. They are a member of your oral healthcare team. A Denturist’s practice is dedicated to the fabrication, repair and adjustment of dentures, partial dentures and removable implant retained dentures.
Denturists are uniquely qualified to complete the 4 Step process:
- Exam and evaluation ( medical/dental history, visual intra/extra oral exam)
- Impression of oral tissues and necessary jaw relations
- Sets up and Constructs prosthesis
- Delivers and Adjusts prosthesis
Why choose a denturist?
A denturist’s occupation is to be responsible for the promotion, restoration and rehabilitation of oral health which make him or her the best possible choice to help you derive the maximum benefit from your denture experience.
Most denturist fees are covered by dental plans and can be seen without a referral from another health care professional.
If you do not have a dental home, a regular dentist, or need a referral to an oral surgeon, your Denturist will be happy to refer you to the appropriate practitioner.
If your dentures are more than five years old, call us to schedule a complementary consultation to discuss how we can improve your appearance, confidence and possibly your health with high quality replacement dentures.
Indications you should recognize:
Changes in your face, jaw and tissues occur constantly, however your denture prosthesis does not. These physical changes happen gradually and are mostly unnoticeable to you but listed below are some signs indicating your denture prosthesis should be checked:
- Mouth soreness, sore spots, possible irritated tissues
- Loose fitting, falling out when talking or eating
- Jaw ridge bone loss
- Thinning lips, sagging mouth causing a change in facial features e.g. Chin sticking out further
- Denture is not being used and is being left out
- Headaches, ear pain, neck pain
- Difficulties chewing food e.g. teeth not sharp anymore
- Discoloration of pink acrylic or teeth
- Denture has an odor
Your denturist is qualified to tell you when a denture needs to be replaced.
When was the last time you visited your denturist? Contact us to book an appointment.