What is a Denturist?

If you have ever wondered what the difference is between a Denturist and a Dentist, then maybe this will help explain a Denturist's role in your denture care.

In 1979 Oregon voters voted on the Denturist legislation. In July of 1981 denturists became licensed through the State of Oregon. In short this meant you could go directly to the dental technician to get your new dentures, have your dentures relined and repaired. This does not mean every dental technician is a denturist. A denturist has taken special courses to fulfill requirements set aside by the Oregon State Health Division and has also passed the State Board of Denturists examiners.

If you think you need new dentures and are thinking of going to a denturist, be a wise shopper by asking important questions you might have about your dentures and about the process of having new dentures made. There are no secrets to what we do. If you see advertisements that seem to be too good to be true, they probably are. Here the age old rule applies, "you don't get something for nothing." You should know the service and cost before and after you get your dentures. The goal of a good denturist is to deliver a product that is of superior quality at an affordable price. A denture that you can smile with, eat with and enjoy for many years to come.

If you wear dentures you probably do not get professional oral care as often as you did when you had your natural teeth. Just like the tires on your car or the shoes on your feet your dentures wear out too. If you have had your dentures for fifteen years or longer your gums and supporting tissues have changed. Your tissues may have changed enough that your chin seems closer to your nose.

So, it is time for new dentures. The denturist will take measurements and records of your face, jaw and oral cavity. In most offices this same person will set up your teeth for a "try-in". The "try-in" set of dentures is made with the new teeth set in a wax base; this way you can see exactly what they will look like and how they will feel. The denturist checks to see that your bite and all the measurements are correct. If changes are needed then they can easily be done for you to see at this appointment. This saves you time and money.

This one on one denture care is what allows the denturist to give you professional care at a much lower cost. Denture products are the same as they have been for fifty years. There are no gimmicks or fancy excuses for good fitting dentures. If you have questions about your dentures call your local denturist for a consultation.


"After 25 years of wearing conventional dentures I was in to see Mr. Bywaters. He suggested that implants would stabilize the lower denture and give me a much more normal bite. That was 5 years ago and it has been terrific, it has definitely given me a higher quality of life."
Bill S.


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Lake Oswego | King City | Beaverton
Lake Oswego Office: 3900 Douglas Way, Lake Oswego, OR 97035 | (503) 635-8060
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