How to Get the Best Quality Dentures
As time goes by, fewer and fewer dentists are offering dentures at their practices. This is making it more difficult for people who need dentures to get the quality appliances that they deserve, explains Anchorage cosmetic dentist Dr. Terry J. Preece DDS.
Dr. Preece says the lower number of dentists offering dentures can be blamed on a few factors, the most important of which is changes within dental schools themselves. Many dentists are not doing dentures anymore because dental schools are not teaching about dentures as much as they were 30 or 40 years ago. A dentist who is fresh out of dental school may not know nearly as much about how to make quality, well-fitting dentures as a cosmetic dentist in Anchorage who has been working in the field for quite some time. Very few young dentists have enough experience to create quality dentures on their own, which Dr. Preece explains is part of the dilemma.
As a cosmetic dentist in Anchorage, Dr. Preece has taken a number of continuing education courses on dentures in just the last few years. Because he treats many patients with Medicaid, he works with patients who need dentures on a regular basis.
Some patients who have gotten quality dentures made in the past may need to return to a cosmetic dentist in Anchorage to have newer sets made in the future. Dr. Preece explains why this is the case, and says that once all the teeth have been pulled, the jawbone, or the ridge, tends to shrink. The jawbone actually shrinks four times faster on the bottom than it does on the top. So, after someone had had his teeth pulled for many years, oftentimes he won’t have very much bone left for his dentures to sit on. When there is no bone left for the dentures to sit on, it makes it difficult for a dentist to create a set of dentures that fits well and looks natural.
Thankfully, Dr. Preece says there are some techniques available that can improve the look and function of dentures. Depending on how the dentist sets the teeth and distributes the biting forces, a cosmetic dentist in Anchorage can still create a new denture that is going to be acceptable. The best way for a patient to make sure that he is getting a good set of quality dentures is to speak up and ask questions. Dr. Preece says that patients who take an active role during their try-on appointments tend to have more favorable outcomes.
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