Proper denture care can make a big difference in the look, fit, and functionality of your dentures. There is no reason to live with dentures that look bad or fit poorly. You can get a set of dentures that are the correct size, shape, and fit if you choose a dentist with the proper training and experience. The type of dentist that has the highest level of formal training working with dentures is a prosthodontist.
The size and shape of your dentures are important
The size and shape of your dentures are important because they impact the way you look when you have them in. Your face, jawline, and the size of your mouth impact the shape of dentures you need. Your prosthodontist will consider the shape of your face and the size of your mouth to help her design dentures that look natural. Natural looking dentures – ones that are the correct size and shape - will help you feel confident with your smile. Prosthodontists have dedicated training in properly designing and crafting dentures that are the right size and shape for your face.
A proper fit is essential
The fit of your dentures can have a big impact on your quality of life. An improperly fitting set of dentures can cause pain by rubbing up against your gums. It can also make things like talking and eating uncomfortable. If your dentures do not fit properly it can cause you to avoid wearing your dentures altogether. In order to maximize your quality of life and avoid any pain that can come along with ill-fitting dentures, you need to ensure that you work closely with your prosthodontist to get a proper fit.
The additional training of a prosthodontist will impact your experience
Prosthodontists have an additional three years of formal education after they finish their initial dental training. Part of this additional training includes a focus on designing, crafting, and fitting dentures for patients. This higher level of training can impact the experience you have during your appointments as well as the look and fit of your dentures. The many ways that dentures can impact your life make it essential that you choose a dentist who has the training and experience needed to give you the look and fit you need.
A prosthodontist is the most qualified professional you can find to help you get dentures that will look great and fit well. When you go to your first appointment with a prosthodontist you can expect to receive a thorough examination and discuss the next steps necessary for moving forward. Dr. Julie Berger, at Samuels Dental Arts, is a local prosthodontist who can help you with all of your denture needs.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.