When some people have dental problems, they don’t always know who to call to get the care they need. Among the professions associated with teeth that exist today, those of the dentist and the denturist can be confusing; their names are similar, but they do not have the same expertise. Here are some characteristics that make it easier to tell them apart.
If you need treatment for dental disease, the dentist is the place to go. Recognized by the Order of Dentists of Quebec, the dentist is trained as a doctor of dental medicine; he can therefore formulate diagnoses about the diseases that your teeth could present. His expertise also allows him to extract these teeth or restore them with fillings or veneers. Thus, they will obtain a more aesthetic result.
Some dentists, after graduating and completing their residency in a clinic, continue their studies in order to obtain a specialization in a particular field related to dental health. Periodontists, for example, specialize in detecting and treating gum disease. Prosthodontists, on the other hand, take care of the aesthetic aspect of the smile, the restoration of damaged teeth and dental implants. In short, regardless of their specialty, the dentist can help you keep beautiful teeth for many years.
Unlike the dentist, the denturist does not treat dental diseases; he tries to bring a smile back to people who have lost one or more teeth. Thanks to his certification given by the Ordre des denturologistes du Québec , he can design dental prostheses from impressions molded on the patient’s dentition. He is also able to manufacture prostheses on implants. These offer better stability, greater masticatory force and greater comfort than removable prostheses.
Denturology is very useful to restore a better quality of life to toothless people; that’s why many people turn to it to regain their smile of yesteryear and better chewing.
Now that you know the differences between a dentist and a denturist, you will know who to call based on your dental concerns. If you have lost teeth and need to replace them or want to change your dentures, do not hesitate to make an appointment with us. My team and I will be able to offer you the best solution for your teething so that you can smile and eat again without embarrassment and without worry. Contact us now!