If you think that you may need dentures then you have likely started to explore your options. It can be confusing to try and sort through the options and decide where to go for help with something that is so important. Any type of dentist can offer denture services but that does not mean that every dentist offers the same level of service. If you are looking for a dentist with additional training and experience working with patients who need dentures then you should seek out a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist is uniquely qualified to help you get a set of well-fitting and well-designed dentures. Getting your dentures fit and designed by a specialist can make a big difference in your quality of life going forward.
What is a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dentist that specializes in helping people with complex dental needs such as dentures and dental implants. In order to become a prosthodontist, a dentist must go to school for three additional years beyond their general dentistry education. This additional training is focused on helping patients with dental issues related to both appearance and function including dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns, and teeth whitening. If you are looking for help with your dentures from the ‘best-of-the-best’ then you need to schedule an appointment with a prosthodontist.
What are the benefits of using a prosthodontist?
It is easy to take the appearance and function of our teeth for granted until they start to have problems. If you have a pair of dentures that do not quite fit then you understand how frustrating it can be to have teeth that do not function properly. Getting subpar dentures in an effort to save money or time has the potential to decrease your quality of life. If the dentures do not look natural you may feel embarrassed to interact with others. If the dentures do not fit well it can impede your ability to talk comfortable and enjoy your favorite foods. A prosthodontist is highly trained in both the design and function of dentures. Working with a specialist in this area will give you the best chance of getting a set of dentures that meet your needs and expectations.
In Gettysburg, PA you have access to one of the few board-certified prosthodontists at Samuels Dental Arts. Dr. Julie Berger is part of an elite group of prosthodontists that took their training even further and met the requirements for board certification. Less than half of all prosthodontists are board certified. This means that you have access to one of the best dentists around to help assess your needs and fit you for a new set of dentures. You can learn more about Dr. Berger here.
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.