Q & A With Dr. Rice
Why did you decide to start offering FOY® Dentures at your dental practice?
Most dentists have stopped focusing on dentures. Over the past 10 years, the quality of the dentures I see has continuously gone downhill. I hear it all the time at dental meetings – “I hate doing dentures”, or “I never seem to get a good result with dentures, so I find no joy in doing them” I didn’t want to listen to that anymore. People still need dentures, and as denture dentists it’s our responsibility to make sure we do them right.
I decided I wanted to make sure I could provide the most advanced, cosmetic and functional dentures possible. I searched out and learned many techniques, including the FOY® Dentures approach. With the FOY® Dentures approach, I have been able to raise the bar on the quality of dentures I provide. I love it when I see my patients go through a transformation to a much younger appearance.
How is being a denture dentist different with the advent of FOY® Dentures?
Having the experience of a number of FOY® Dentures dentists working together to continuously improve the procedure is wonderful. Having a special proprietary laboratory that creates the FOY® Dentures is also invaluable. And, of course, it’s nicer to be a denture dentist when your patients are happier with their results.
What is the most common complaint about economy dentures that you hear as as denture dentist?
The most common complaint I get about economy dentures is about appearance. Denture dentists making economy dentures don’t care how they look. But a close second is the inability to chew because the dentures don’t fit right and are worn out.
What advice would you give to a patient who is considering FOY® Dentures versus traditional dentures?
Find a denture dentist who offers FOY® Dentures. They are truly a great value. Every single day you are living your life with the teeth that are in your mouth. Quality of life is about enjoying the wonderful social things such as eating a nice meal with friends, attending a wedding and smiling big for the pictures, sharing a big smile with a person you meet for the first time. Some people don’t feel good about investing in themselves. They feel guilty. I have denture patients that say things like “I’m old and it doesn’t really matter how I look” Or “I’ve always had these old dentures, I don’t need to get anything better” However, I know they and their family will be overjoyed with the more youthful, vibrant and vital appearance that happens when you give yourself a nonsurgical facelift by upgrading to a FOY® Dentures.
Expanding Denture Options in Irvine, California
For hundreds of years, people have accepted dentures as being at least marginally better than the alternative of having no teeth. Dentures allowed you to smile, talk reasonably well, and chew somewhat.
But they came with limitations. Dentures tended to fit poorly, being inclined to slip often, and they pinched and caused painful sores. They didn’t do anything to slow the loss of jawbone, and in many cases they actually accelerated it. And you acquired the look of someone with dentures. A loss of facial height contributed to sagging jowls and folding skin around the mouth. Teeth that tended to be set back for denture stability gave the face a sunken-in, hollow appearance.
Dental implants could be used with dentures to correct some of the problems—they prevented slipping, denture pain, and sores—but in many cases people still had an aged appearance.
FOY® Dentures solve all the problems of traditional dentures. Not only do they give improved fit and security, allowing you to talk, smile, and chew with greater confidence, but they also restore the face to its proper height and restore volume to the mouth, reducing jowls, facial folds, and, most of all, the sunken appearance of the mouth.
In other words, FOY® Dentures are the first dentures that are designed to let people with dentures look like they’re not wearing dentures.
Because of their innovative approach, Dr. Rice is happy to be able to introduce these dentures to the people of Irvine, California. Southern California is world famous for having some of the most beautiful people in the world, and that should include its denture wearers, too.