The denture can be obtained by a patient through a dentist or a denturist. There are several states in the U.S. that have passed the legislations allowing the denturists to maintain their own practices, to work directly with the patients and to provide dentures to them. Washington State is one of those states. It is also the only state in the U.S. that has a college program for the Denturists at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, WA.
The denturists licensed in Washington State can provide the services pertaining only to the removable dental prostheses (dentures): fabricating, adjusting, fitting, and repairing. Most of the denturists also fabricate their dentures. By doing that and by working directly with the patients, they have full control of the final product. This also gives them the opportunity to design the denture accordingly to the patient’s anatomy, his or her needs, as well as cosmetic requests.
Every dentist provides a broad range of services pertaining to oral health and that makes it very convenient for the patients with various dental care needs. At the same time the denturists focus only on one aspect of dental restoration – dentures; that makes them a great choice to consider for patients looking for the denture provider. Whatever the choice, it is important for the patient to understand the process of designing and making a denture, ask the questions, talk to more than one provider, and then make a comfortable decision.