Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Denturists Available to Fill Need
Wayne Mito’s article in the June/July edition of JDT describes the sadly true state of affairs as far as dental student training in laboratory techniques and prosthetic dentistry are concerned. It is understandable, yet unfortunate that dental schools are de-emphasizing this craft within their required curriculum. Equally troubling is the noted lack of qualified technical laboratory personnel available to fill the need created by this gap in dentist training. Mr. Mito believes this combination of factors poses a severe dilemma to the future quality of dentistry.
While in some respects the future may appear troubling, a handful of states, including Oregon, Washington and Maine, have professionally trained and licensed individuals who are more than capable of meeting consumer needs for high quality prosthetic dental appliances. Those to whom I refer are denturists.
Denturists work directly with patients by taking impressions and creating, fitting, adjusting and, when necessary, repairing appliances. Almost every denturist in Oregon, which is the only state I can speak of from experience, has a strong, collaborative professional working relationship with at least one dentist in his or her community. They frequently share patients, each providing care that falls within their areas of expertise. Many denturists also have good working relationships with a dental laboratory, especially where creating partial dentures is concerned. The result is quality dentistry and a satisfied patient.
I encourage those interested in learning more about denturists to visit the Oregon State Denturist Association website at
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