What is a Denturist?

A denturist is a formally trained specialist who designs, builds and fits dentures to replace missing teeth. A denturist helps patients with full dentures and partial dentures.

How is a denturist different from a dentist?

A denturist has specialized training building dentures in a dental laboratory as well as thousands of hours in denture instruction both in the lab and clinical training. Denturists in some states practice underneath the supervision of a dentist.

What types of dentures are there?

There are two types of dentures: full and partial. A full denture includes an entire set of natural teeth. A full set of dentures can be immediate, complete, or implant. Immediate is the temporary set of dentures you need after the removal of your natural teeth. These are used for several weeks until the swelling decreases. Complete/Standard/Conventional are terms used to describe your final set of dentures. These take several fittings in order to insure you are going to have a denture that is right for you. Denturists look at your gum/tissues, the way they will look, how you will talk, the height/width of your mouth and jaw to give you the final product.

Partial dentures replace a single tooth or several. They can be removable or permanently implanted. A partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum colored plastic base. Partial dentures are used for aesthetic reasons as well as to help keep other teeth from changing position.

Many denturists may belong to the National Denturists Association.

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Learn more about dentures & denturists:

What is an endodontist?
What is a dentist?
What is an oral surgeon?

Denturists are also known as denture specialists.