What is a Dental Prosthetist?
A dental prosthetist is a highly qualified and skilled member of the dental profession who constructs, fits and provides a complete and professional denture care service.
A dental prosthetist is required to complete two courses of study. The first is to become a qualified dental technician followed by a 2 year course in clinical training to become a dental prosthetist. Dental prosthetists are also required by law to obtain 60hrs over 3 years of professional development training to keep up with changes in technology.
Their role as a dental professional in to maintain, repair and reline dentures as required by the patient, or referring practitioner. Your Dental Prosthetist will personally consult, advise and assist you in all relevant aspects of your treatment and where necessary, provide you with appropriate treatment.
The tissue and underlying bone in the mouth are continually changing. Over time your dentures will need to be adjusted, relined or replaced to maintain a good fit.
Your dental prosthetist will advise when this is necessary.
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Eating with dentures for the first time will require patience but with time you will be able to bite and chew more naturally. Your dental prosthetist will provide tips to help you adjust.
Daily cleaning with a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft bristled brush will help to minimise the build up of plaque and stains on your dentures. Abrasives in toothpaste can cause microscopic scratches that allow bacteria and stains to attach to the denture more readily. Your dental prosthetist can also clean your dentures in an ultra-sonic cleaner and restore your dentures to their original as new state.
A review of your overall situation will determine if any treatment is required. Your dental prosthetist will advise you on how often you should have your denture checked.
There are many different treatment options available for denture wearers. A consultation is required so the dental prosthetist can discuss with you the best treatment plan for your individual situation.
With the advent of modern technologies dentures can be personalised to suit you and give you a natural appearance. Each patient’s individual requirements are catered for to ensure that they will be happy with the appearance of their new dentures.
You may notice some differences in your speech at first but with time your tongue, lips and cheeks will become accustomed to the contours of your dentures.
This depends on your individual situation and should be discussed with your dental prosthetist.
All our BPS dentures are guaranteed for up to 5 years. To find out more about BPS dentures simply ask your dental prosthetist.