In our most recent survey, we asked dentists if they offer in-house denture services.
A whopping 94% of our respondents said yes, their practices can meet the needs of denture patients. Only 7% report that they refer denture patients out to a prosthodontist.
Said one dentist: "I only refer out the most difficult cases. I do not like sending profits out the door."
Another commented, "I do some dentures, and I would like to do more, but denture patients can be a pain to deal with."
General dentists were even more likely than specialists to treat denture patients in-house rather than referring them to another dental practitioner.
Of course, a doctor's specialty is a critical factor: prosthodontists treat denture patients themselves, while oral surgeons refer them out.
Rural dentists were somewhat less likely to offer their patients denture services.
Female dentists were also more likely to refer denture patients.