We have recently come across another journal article talking about the decline of the art of denture manufacture among dentists
. The article talks about how dental implants have made many dentists and dental schools put less emphasis on the design, fit, and manufacture of removable dentures
This is certainly true of the common dentist, who, understandably, has been frustrated with the poor results and unpredictability of removable dentures in the past. But there is another class of dentist who has discovered that where the art of dentistry might have failed patients in the past, the science of dentistry ensures that there is a great future for new denture patients.
Frustration Is the Mother of Invention
The reason why many dentists are turning away from removable dentures and toward dental implants were not lost on Dr. Rod Strickland, the inventor of the Denture Fountain of Youth®. Dr. Strickland had for years been frustrated with his own experience making dentures, so he stopped making them.
But he realized that the need for removable dentures would not be eliminated by the invention of dental implants. Instead, there would actually be more demanding standards for implant dentures because their rigid fit in the mouth can be less forgiving than removable dentures which can slip and slide in response to imbalanced bite forces.
So, after having given up on dentures for a while, he returned to them, trying to design a new, more scientific approach that would give consistent results and provide a reliable foundation for the cosmetic art of dentures.
Dentures Don’t Have to Look Like Dentures
To some extent, dentures as they had been made in the past are a vanishing art–and rightfully so. The unpredictable fit, function, and appearance are unacceptable to modern patients who know that they can get better results–and they demand them. Dentures simply can’t look fake these days. And any quality denture technique has to be fully compatible with dental implants to meet the needs of a population that can range from working-age adults to the very elderly. It has to have a scientific precision that matches with the precision of placement for dental implants.
When it comes to the design of your smile, your denture dentist will still rely on his artistic eye to create the natural, attractive smile you desire, but underlying that art is a scientific foundation that ensures dentures will meet the demands of denture patients today, tomorrow, and for decades to come.
If you are looking for dentures made for the future, not stuck in the past, please contact a Denture Fountain of Youth® dentist today.