How do you go about choosing a Denturist? That’s a difficult question to answer for most people and yet it is an important one because having properly fitting dentures and an attractive smile are essential to your health and well being. A good place to start is to check out the smiles of those around you and to see if someone you trust can provide a referral and give you some idea of what made their experience with a particular Denturist a positive one. Location is also usually a consideration but after you’ve narrowed down the geography, you may want to consider the following before you make this important decision.
First of all, it’s always a good idea to plan to see a few denturists before you make a commitment to invest your time, health, money and trust in anyone. Just like any investment you make in your life, you will want to make sure that the practitioner you choose is someone that is going to deliver you the very best product available. You will also be spending anywhere from 4 – 6 appointments with this person so feeling comfortable in their presence and in their clinic is also of importance. Luckily, most denturists provide consultations free of charge so booking a few consults with your neighbourhood denturists will not impact your pocketbook and will typically take up only a small amount of your time.
Once you are meeting with the denturist, you might want to consider:
- How comfortable do you feel with the denturist, the clinic and the staff?
- How willing is the Denturist to explain your particular dental situation, answer questions and, clarify answers if necessary, to ensure that you understand your particular situation and/or treatment options?
- The Denturist’s education and years of experience
- Does the Denturist participate in ongoing continuing education and/or conferences to keep him/her up to date with their profession?
- Is the Denturist registered with the College of Denturists of BC?
- Any particular areas of expertise?
- Their hours of operation and how that fits into your scheduling needs
- How much of the work is done “in-house” and how much is sent to an outside lab for fabrication?
- What kinds of materials, equipment and techniques do they use? Equipment and materials can vary quite significantly as can the techniques used to fit and equilibrate dentures.
- How many sets of impressions are taken to ensure a precise fit?
- What techniques are employed to ensure proper balance and function of the teeth?
- What processing methods are used?
- Are wax try-in models provided so you can see what your dentures will look like and make any changes prior to processing?
- How are billing and insurance claims handled?
- Will the Denturist provide you with references of past patients who are willing to speak to you about their experience?
By putting a little bit of time into your decision making process, you will hopefully feel the reassurance that comes with feeling good about your practitioner and having all the information you need to make the best treatment decision for your particular dental situation. Whether you are getting dentures for the first time or having a set replaced, getting new dentures is not only a financial investment but also an investment in your time and more importantly, your health, and well-being. Taking the time to make sure there is a ” fit” between you and your Denturist can ultimately be as important as the perfect fit you hope to have with your new set of dentures.
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