What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and Denturist? And why you need Both!

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Here’s what you need to know about these two professions and how to decide which oral health professional’s services are best for you.

Despite many patients believing that dentures are only for senior or older patients, the truth is that tooth loss can happen at any age, to anyone, and may be due to a number of reasons such as:

Whatever the cause of your tooth loss, and whatever your age, advanced tooth replacement solutions such as traditional dentures, denture implants or partials, offer a natural-looking and long-lasting solution for a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing smile.

For patients suffering from tooth loss, a common question is what’s the difference between a dentist and denturist, and who should I trust for my tooth replacement needs? Before you decide, here’s what you need to know about these two professions:

Dentist or Oral Surgeon

A dentist and/or oral surgeon is a qualified health care professional who specializes in oral health which is what they went to school for.  They can perform surgeries such as tooth extraction after diagnosing an issue with your natural teeth, however, they are not denture specialists. They did not go to school regarding dentures – they went to school for keeping your natural teeth healthy. While they are able to provide dentures (through a denture lab), they do not specialize in or care for dentures. Which is why, if you need dentures, it is always best to see a denturist for your tooth replacement needs.


Unlike a dentist or oral surgeon who work with a variety of patients and can treat a range of dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease, a denturist is a specialized dental care professional who is trained and works exclusively with patients requiring tooth replacement solutions. They go through many years of schooling specifically about creating, maintaining, and placing dentures.

A denturist can provide certain specialized services, including:

Dentist vs Denturist: Why Not Use Both?

When it comes to tooth loss, it’s better for patients to seek the services of both a dentist and a denturist. Your dentist will provide a comprehensive approach to your oral health and can identify any dental problems that require attention. Particularly if you are considering partial dentures, you will need a dentist to make sure the rest of your healthy teeth stay healthy.

At Berlanga Dentures we work with some of the best dentists and oral surgeons in the Puget Sound area. We work together to assure your teeth are removed in a healthy manner and then we prepare your dentures in accordance with your particular situation, making all the necessary arrangements to ensure that your dentures or dental implants are placed perfectly. With your denturist’s specialized knowledge and expertise, you will be able to enjoy a high level of satisfaction and an optimum level of performance from your tooth loss solution.

At Berlanga Dentures, we believe that all patients have the right to a healthy and beautiful smile. We offer a wide range of tooth replacement solutions, including dental implants and traditional dentures to suit your specific lifestyle, needs, and budget.

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