I have been trying to research this online myself without much success. Is there a certain type of denture that is of "higher quality?" I live in Phoenix, Arizona or even Scottsdale, Arizona and want to find a dentist that would do the best possible denture there is, if that is even a choice??? I have the money to get the dentures, (I am unfortunately not a candidate for implants at all. I have very little bone structure available.) Anyway, does anyone know how to find a dentist that provides the highest quality denture? I am so nervous of them looking fake I cannot explain. I once had beautiful teeth and most people have not seen me since the serious bone and tooth loss has ensued. The point being, having a straight, white smile would not be hard for me to pull off. I just need advice as to how to choose a dentist that uses a lab that produces the denture I am looking for. Any suggestions or way of choosing the best I can get? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
1. Highest quality denture available by nygirl
Posted: October 29, 2011 8:32 pm
Most cosmetic dentists will be able to help you with what you want to achieve with your dentures, including the overall look you want. Bringing them photos of your teeth as they used to be will help a great deal. Although you may not be able to achieve what you want fully with your immediate dentures, if money is not your primary concern, you will be able to achieve what you want fully with an interim set made about two or three months after your extractions.
I think that when you speak with a few dentists, you will get a feel for which of them will be able (and, more importantly, care enough) to deliver the results that you want. It's all in the teeth that are selected for the dentures and you should ask about them. My immediate denture was pretty good. My interim denture is fabulous. When I wasn't happy with the teeth selected for my interim denture, and after a few tries at modifying them (with which I was not happy), my dentist switched labs and teeth and two weeks later I had the fabulous interim denture. Without exaggeration, I look more like I got a set of good veneers rather than a denture.
Even with your immediate dentures, you will be given the opportunity to see (but not not try on) what your new teeth will look like before your immediate dentures are finalized. You will be able to tell if you are getting what you want. You should speak up if you are not getting it. If, despite your screening, the dentist is not giving you what you want, you can and should move on to another one.
I live in New York City. I have a great dentist. Consider having your immediate dentures made locally and your interim dentures (and the first few adjustments of them) made by my dentist (after which your local dentist should be able to take over). Feel free to email me if you want my dentist's contact info.
Don't worry -- it can be done!