This introduces you to dental practitioners called dental prosthetists (DP), who care for patients requiring full dentures and partial dentures including repairs relines and tooth additions - and you don't need a referral from your dentist or GP to visit your local DP!
Dental prosthetists work as independent practitioners and have been active members of the oral health workforce for many years, both in the public and private sectors.
Dental prosthetists also work as part of the wider dental team alongside general dentists and dental specialists such as prosthodontists, encompassing referral arrangements for the treatment and manufacture of implant retained overdentures and immediate dentures. They are the 'go to' practitioners for all your denture needs.
Dental prosthetists are registered nationally with the Dental Board of Australia, the same board that registers dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental and oral health therapists, and dental specialists. They are subject to the same registration requirements, guidelines, and codes of practice as other members of the dental team.
Dental prosthetists provide services for patients through private billing arrangements, often supported by private health insurers. They also provide services to patients accessing benefits from The Department of Veterans Affairs and individual state-based denture schemes.
When you place yourself in the care of a dental prosthetist, you can be secure in the knowledge that you are being looked after by a dental practitioner with the most comprehensive knowledge of advanced techniques, new materials, and the latest world trends in the field of dental prosthetics.
A dental prosthetist will be able to present you with a variety of treatment options, discuss the outcomes associated with each of these and guide you to make the best choice for your individual needs. They can help you feel relaxed and address any treatment fears that you may experience. In the hands of a capable dental practitioner, like a dental prosthetist, dentures can look natural, fit well, and improve your overall quality of life.
You can find your local dental prosthetist, who is a member of their professional association, by visiting the Australian Dental Prosthetist Association website, www.adpa.com.au and using the section 'Find a Denture Clinic'.