Most general dentists offer denture services and can provide good results that allow you to restore your smile at a reasonable price. For patients who have lost all of their teeth, a full denture may be considered. The dentist will create it after the gums have started to heal from tooth extractions. Conventional full dentures are ready for the patient eight to 12 weeks after tooth extraction.
All dentists must have a DDS (doctor of dental surgery) or DMD (doctor of dental medicine) degree, which requires three or more years of university education, in addition to four years of study in dentistry. Progress in dentistry makes possible a complete and contemporary dental service (including dentures) in both the offices of the general dentist and the prosthodontist. A general dentist provides general dentistry services and can serve as the first point of contact for patients who need other types of dental care. General dentists are trained to perform all routine dental care and minor dental procedures, such as dental fillings.
In addition, all dentists must continue their training to be up to date with the latest technology and procedures. Both general dentists and prosthodontists design dentures with functionality, longevity and aesthetics in mind. These prints are used to create a model that is placed in the patient's mouth and adjusted to achieve the desired fit and look. In addition, general dentists can observe every step of denture placement, which is more convenient for you and can provide more consistent treatment and results.
The process of placing a dental prosthesis usually begins with an exam by a general dentist, who can then refer patients to a prosthodontist for further evaluation. Most general dentists are “experts in all trades” dentists and, while they can provide excellent service, they do not have any special training related to the assembly and construction of dentures and other dental prostheses. The patient will test this form several times so that the dentist can make adjustments to the fit, shape, or color. The dentist will also collect detailed information about the patient's mouth, such as how the jaws fit together and the amount of space between them.
Some general dentists also receive additional training in specific procedures; however, a prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has received extensive and highly focused training on tooth replacement and restoration. To achieve the proper fit, the dentist first takes measurements and impressions of the patient's jaw. By contrast, prosthodontists have extensive training in restorative dentistry and in the use of dental prostheses to restore the appearance and function of the smile. A dentist who provides general dentistry services can recommend treatments and provide a referral for any services that may need to be performed by a prosthodontist or other dental professional.