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Denturist vs. dentist: what's the difference?

There are many different kinds of dental care professionals, such as a denturist or general dentist. Understanding the difference between them is one of the first steps in getting exceptional oral health care. Fortunately, Yukon Dentistry offers comprehensive dental services, including routine dental check ups and denture services.

When you choose Yukon Dentistry, you're choosing a top-quality dental and denture clinic that prioritizes your oral health. Want to meet our dedicated dental team? Schedule an appointment by calling 867-668-3909 or contacting us online.

Meanwhile, let us explain the differences between a denturist and a dentist, and why you may need them both.

What is a dentist?

A dentist is a dental professional who cares for the hard and soft tissues of your mouth. These oral health care providers evaluate your medical and dental history to implement a treatment plan that preserves and strengthens your natural teeth.

What is a denturist?

A denturist is a dental professional who specializes in tooth replacement solutions. Denturists are often called dental technologists, because they use dental technology to craft custom-made dental devices, such as:

  • Complete dentures--also known as full dentures or traditional dentures
  • Partial dentures, including fixed bridges
  • Removable dentures
  • Implant-supported dentures
  • Immediate dentures

Other denture services provided by a denturist may include:

  • Relining dentures
  • Rebasing dentures
  • Replacing missing teeth in your appliance

What's the difference between a dentist and a denturist?

Ultimately, the main difference is the education, training, and credentials that each oral health care provider possesses. For example, a dentist receives a type of medical degree, which allows them to provide dental treatments that care for your real teeth and other soft and hard tissues of your mouth.

However, a denturist may not have a medical degree. Instead, they may attend a college of denturists or a dental technology program. Typically, program availability is dependent upon a strenuous qualifying examination to determine candidacy for a denturist technology program.

Should I visit a dentist or a denturist?

In many cases, you may need to see both. A dentist can assess your oral health and make tooth-restoration recommendations depending on the extent of your tooth loss and the health of your oral cavity.

A dentist may recommend several denture solutions, such as partial dentures, denture implants, or lower or upper arch replacement with removable prostheses. A denture patient will work closely with their dentist to make sure that they meet denture requirements and that they're choosing the right denture for them.

After a patient chooses the right denture solution for them, then a denturist will craft their new dentures using cutting-edge technology and top-quality dental materials. A denturist assesses the fit of false teeth, as well as instructs patients on proper denture care and maintenance.

Schedule your appointment today!

Yukon Dentistry offers a full suite of dental services, including dentures services. Whether you want dental implants or you need your remaining teeth cleaned, we are here to provide you with excellent dental care.

Are you one of the estimated 120 million people living with tooth loss? Then, schedule your free dentures consultation with our compassionate team now. New denture patients can reach us by calling 867-668-3909 or contacting us online here.

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Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 2J8
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