Denturism is defined as the practice of “Denturists” examining oral health, planning treatment, making artificial dentures including other removable oral appliances, and fitting them to their patients.
Equipped with solid technical training as a technician, and post-technician training in sciences, clinical skills and interpersonal skills, the Denturist can design, create, construct, and modify (repair and reline) an oral prosthesis to ensure optimal fit, maximum comfort, and general well-being. The Denturist performs dedicated procedures as both the clinician and dental technician. We are better equipped to control all aspects of the creation and design of the prosthesis, while enabling a cost saving to our patients. Our entire focus is the oral health of those individuals needing a dental prosthetic and the actual fabrication of that appliance.
Did you know that “Denturism” is a recognized profession throughout the world and is currently utilized in many countries including Australia, New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom and Canada? In the United States, however, denturism is only legislated and practiced in 7 states (Maine, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington). The National Denturist Association (NDA), helps to raise public awareness of the Denturist profession, and to address unjust legal restrictions within the profession. This injustice affects not only the professional Denturist but also those individuals who could greatly benefit from Denturist services. The goal of the NDA is to promote awareness of the professional, so that every citizen of the United States knows the benefits of the profession and is provided the opportunity to choose who their prosthetic dental provider will be.
In 1994, the People of the State of Washington passed Initiative 607, allowing persons other than dentists to manufacture and sell dentures to the public. This new professional would be known as a Denturist. Joey Berlanga was one of the original 24 Denturists who helped to pass the initiative.
Today, Denturists are recognized as an important part of the health profession in Washington. Thanks to those who helped pass the initiative, the public now has the right to choose an affordable alternative when it comes to denture care.
A Denturist in the State of Washington is a licensed professional whose field of dentistry is dedicated solely to providing removable full and partial dentures directly to the public. A Denturist is a recognized health professional who constructs, inserts and adjusts removable dentures as well as over dentures on implants. A Denturist is trained not only in the construction of dentures but also educated in microbiology, physiology, oral pathology, head and neck anatomy and more. Furthermore, they passed a comprehensive practical exam on the fitting and making of dentures along with a thorough written examination conducted through the State of Washington Board of Denturists.
Denturists are an important part of the community of dental care providers.
When you seek the care of a Denturist you will find that as a patient you play an active role in the discussion of what you desire for your new dentures. Remember, you are in the hands of a professional who specializes only in the making of removable prosthodontics. Here at Berlanga Dentures we will involve you in the steps necessary to ensure your dentures fit properly and meet your full expectations for the rest of your life.
The Washington Denturist Association (WDA) was formed to promote unity and to maintain standards of professional ethics among Denturists in our state. For more information on the WDA and Denturism throughout the world, may we suggest the following websites (see below).
The Berlanga family would like to thank everyone responsible for the passing of Initiative 607 and for being able to provide the public with quality, affordable denture care.
Remember, a Denturist is always the best choice for your denture needs!
Washington Denturist Association
National Denturist Association
International Federation of Denturists
If you go to your dentist and they explain that you are going to need dentures, did you realize you have options besides going through your dentist for those dentures? We recommend you do some research.
If you have dental insurance it could cover up to 50% of the expense when going through your dentist, but the out of pocket expense could still be very high because the dentist is charging you double, sometimes triple, the actual cost of the dentures.
This is because dentists don’t make your dentures. They either work with a denturist or denture lab. Regardless, there is a “middle man” between your dentist and the actual dentures.
We are the actual “maker” of your dentures, which means coming to Berlanga Dentures cuts out all the “middleman” costs. It also means you have less issues, because we work with you and your dentist through the entire process.
We recommend you call us to find out if we can work with your insurance company (or check here to see a list of our providers). Regardless, in the end, the cost will still be less than what you’d pay going through a dentist. Our prices are very reasonable, and we’ll work to find the right dentures for you and your budget.
Denturists practice denturism, the practice of making, altering, repairing and relining removable dentures directly to their patients. We are not involved in the extraction, however. You will work with your dentist for that, but after your teeth have been removed, your denturist is involved in the denture process from start to finish.
We encourage you to contact us at any of our three convenient locations located in the Puget Sound area (Tacoma, Parkland or Puyallup) to discuss all your options. We are a family-owned and operated business, and we strive to provide the best customer service for our clients.
Make an appointment today to see why Berlanga Dentures should be your #1 choice for your dentures and denture care.
Lucitone 199 is a type of acrylic resin used for the base of your dentures. The type of acrylic resin used for your dentures is important to consider, because you want your dentures to look and feel like your natural teeth. To do that things like, color stability, strength, durability and comfort, are all significant to a great set of dentures.
With over 40 years of clinical success, Lucitone 199 is the industry’s leading acrylic denture base chosen by top denturists, dentists, and dental laboratories nationwide. Lucitone 199 is the premium choice for both tissue and implant-supported full and partial dentures, and offers outstanding aesthetics, high impact resistance, and superb flexibility and strength. It resists breakage, and its balanced translucency and natural vein simulation delivers excellent results.
Berlanga Dentures is proud to offer high-quality dentures to the residents of Tacoma and Puyallup, Washington, and the surrounding areas. Dentures fashioned in our laboratory are 100% handcrafted, ensuring that each denture we make is customized and unique, and fits the patient perfectly. With over 25 years of combined experience, Joey Berlanga Jr., D.P.D. and John Berlanga, D.P.D, can make a variety of dentures to your specifications.
These services include: Full Dentures, Immediate Dentures, Partial Dentures, Implant Dentures and Custom Dentures
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How long does the process of getting your dentures take?
We hear these questions often. The truth is, getting your dentures is something that is unique to everyone. How long the process takes depends on the type of dentures you get, the fit, and in some cases, the health of your mouth. It also depends on whether this is your first pair of dentures, if it’s a full denture (or a partial), or a replacement denture.
If this is your first set of dentures we will have you come in for a full consultation, take measurements and get impressions of your natural teeth. This way we can have your dentures ready as soon as your extractions are complete. Typically, dentures are fitted the same day as the extraction, but in some cases not until the tissues have healed. Each person’s situation is different.
Can I get my dentures done in a day? Unfortunately, no.
At Berlanga Dentures we pride ourselves on superior workmanship, if we rush your dentures the quality will suffer. Each denture we make is 100% handmade and crafted in our cutting-edge facilities. We prefer to craft dentures by hand because it allows us to fully control the quality of the dentures. Similarly, our chosen crafting method makes it easier for us to incorporate unique characteristics to each set of dentures.
Talk to us about your specific situation and we will provide you all your options, walk you through each step, and assure you have a quality experience start to finish.
We believe that everyone deserves to flash a brilliant smile, no matter how old or young they may be. Therefore, we are committed to providing some of the best dentures available at a price that is affordable to all our clients.
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Not all dentures are created equally. Berlanga Dentures offers the most life-like options available, with their Phonares II teeth, fabricated in Italy. Precision crafted with Nano Hybrid Composite, Phonares II represents the next generation of dentures. Offering a unique blend of unrivaled beauty and unparalleled performance, Phonares II are created to express individual characteristics (soft & bold) and age (youthful, universal, or mature). Phonares II are the perfect solution for esthetic and functional dentures.
“It is the first impression, the overall esthetic appearance that is conveyed in the first few seconds in which a tooth is viewed, that counts. These first few seconds are of crucial importance because this is the time it takes someone to decide whether the tooth lives up to his or her expectations,” says Thorsten Michel, MDT for Glidewell Laboratories.
You may wonder why some dentures look like real teeth while others have the obvious appearance of a denture. This has to do with three main factors.
· The shapes of the teeth
· The colors and surface texture of the teeth
· The placement of the teeth
With Phonares II dentures, you have a true-to-nature smile based on your unique facial characteristics and personality, as well as your preferences. The result is not just a denture, but a smile that fits you perfectly. They are designed to look like natural teeth with gender specific tooth shapes and colors that complement your age and personality.
Depending on your needs, Berlanga Dentures can help you choose from a selection of available tooth shapes and a variety of materials, such as highly durable acrylic resin or Nano hybrid composite that will resist wear, chipping, cracking, and staining.
Your dentures are an investment for the rest of life. At Berlanga Dentures we want offer the highest quality options for you to choose from.
Ask about Phonares II when you call to schedule an appointment. Call Today!