April is Oral Health Month
In the spirit of Oral Health Month, we have five tips to offer you, to help you choose a Denturist who will best meet your needs.
Our first tip: find a registered professional.
In BC, approved and licensed Denturists are registered with the Denturist Association of British Columbia (DABC) and given the professional designation of R.D.
Choosing a DABC-registered Denturist ensures that you will be in the hands of a professional with the credentials, ability, and experience to offer you the best care for your denture needs.
First, registered Denturists must complete a prescribed course of study in the technical art of fabricating, relining, rebasing, and repairing dentures. This education must include an internship and successful completion of government regulatory exams.
This means that a registered Denturist will have the necessary education to provide you with the treatment you need.
Second, registered Denturists are denture specialists. Their entire professional practice is focused on the provision of new dentures and providing a variety of denture-related services.
With the exception of fabricating custom frameworks, registered Denturists perform all clinical and lab work in their own offices and labs, which provides a high degree of quality control through all aspects of denture production.
Ease of referral
Third, while registered Denturists are specialists, you do not need a referral to seek their services. You can book an appointment with a denturist without first seeing your dentist or doctor.
In addition, a registered Denturist can refer to you to other health care professionals. This allows your Denturist to develop collaborative relationships with other dental care practitioners and to ensure that treatment planning for you is comprehensive and coordinated.
On the DABC website, you can do a search for Denturists registered in any BC community. From that search, you can find basic information about most Denturists, including addresses, phone numbers, and website addresses.