Archive for December, 2006

Affordable Denture-ist, or Denture Care

December 28, 2006

December 28th, 2006

May your New Year be filled with prosperity in every form. Affordable housing, affordable living, affordable insurance, affordable down payment, affordable health care, and how about affordable denture-ist or denture care. Affordable is by Webster’s definition: to be able to bear the cost of. Like everything else denture care expense is on the rise. The, “over the counter” denture adhesives, reline and repair kits keep going up.
Okay, okay what are we after here? You know I’m just not sure. At some point I need you all to raise some plain old fashion heck. Affordable and quality denture care is possible through the denturist profession. Wyoming is next and then your state. You don’t wear dentures? Who does? Someone you know does. You remember the old trickle down theory. It all has to do with our neighbor and what we all do for our neighbor. We can work together and push for passage of a denturist bill or initiative, Wyoming Denturism Act , for affordable denture care in our states. This is the right thing to do. It gives people freedom of choice in denture care.
Most denturist don’t charge for consultations, most denturist don’t charge for adjustments, most denturist take the time to talk about your denture care needs. Most denturist go through extra procedures for additional care. It’s part of the denturist profession. Denturist as a rule, value good work ethics.
If your interested in starting a coalition for affordable denture care in your state, contact the NDA, National Denturist Association http://www.nationaldenturist.com/ and they will be able to give you, contact information for organizations or denturist to contact. You can also contact your state senators and representatives. If your in Wyoming call me and we’ll work together to help our neighbor. Thank you for your consideration. Gary W. Vollan, state coordinator for the Wyoming State Denturist Association, http://www.wysda.org/ .

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Affordable Denture-ist, or Denture Care

December 28, 2006

May your New Year be filled with prosperity in every form.  Affordable housing, affordable living, affordable insurance, affordable down payment, affordable health care, and how about affordable denture-ist or denture care.  Affordable is by Webster’s definition: to be able to bear the cost of.  Like everything else denture care expense is on the rise. The, “over the counter” denture adhesives, reline and repair kits keep going up.

Okay, okay what are we after here? You know I’m just not sure.  At some point I need you all to raise some plain old fashion heck. Affordable and quality denture care is possible through the denturist profession. Wyoming is next and then your state. You don’t wear dentures? Who does? Someone you know does. You remember the old trickle down theory. It all has to do with our neighbor and what we all do for our neighbor. We can work together and push for passage of a denturist bill or initiative,  Wyoming Denturism Act , for affordable denture care in our states. This is the right thing to do. It gives people freedom of choice in denture care.

Most denturist don’t charge for consultations, most denturist don’t charge for adjustments, most denturist take the time to talk about your denture care needs.  Most denturist go through extra procedures for additional care. It’s part of the denturist profession.  Denturist as a rule, value good work ethics. 

If your interested in starting a coalition for affordable denture care in your state, contact the NDA, National Denturist Association http://www.nationaldenturist.com/ and they will be able to give you, contact information for organizations or denturist to contact. You can also contact your state senators and representatives. If your in Wyoming call me and we’ll work together to help our neighbor.  Thank you for your consideration. Gary W. Vollan, state coordinator for the Wyoming State Denturist Association,  http://www.wysda.org/ .

Just a reminder,I’m a denturist

December 27, 2006

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Hello everyone, Christmas is here once again. Yes, I made it again. Getting through the stores, and seeing the grief and stress on others was a reminder of those that struggle to make ends meet financially. It was tough this year. As a licensed denturist, practicing since 1992, here in beautiful Basin, Wyoming, I was closed down by an injunction filed by the Wyoming dental board. Two months before Christmas and a house full of kids it was a miracle to watch things come together and know the Lord was instrumental in making it work. It was all a reminder of why I love the denturist profession providing affordable denture care. When the Lord sends me His special people I just know I give from my heart. I give the best service I can and the rest falls into place. Just a reminder that I need to do what I’ve been educated to do because that too was a miracle to complete school. It’s all a reminder of how everything works together to the good if we look to Him. This is just a break in my denturist career, a small struggle, and just a reminder of where I come from and why the Lord blessed me with this profession, that I need to serve to the best of my ability, providing affordable denture care to those in need. May the Lord bless and keep you all through the holidays. I look forward to serving you again—gary

How the denturist profession was created by the creator; The dentist

December 27, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

As I said earlier, I finished a two year associates degree in dental lab technology in dentures and crown and bridge with the honorable instructors, Cliff Redinski (sp) and Jim Lincoln both dedicated to their profession and their students. This happened at Seattle Central Community College and I graduated in 1980. It was a good time of learning. I worked part time at SS White Dental Supply and made my way through the Medical Dental Bldgs downtown Seattle talking to anyone I could regarding the dental profession, mostly dental technicians, denture, cr. and bridge, frameworks and a few prosthetist here and there.

I always had a love for dentures. I’d spend hours watching the guys working dentures. It didn’t mater if they were a doctor or technician. If they had a denture in their hand I was all eyeballs and ears.

I had the background at this point to communicate with them. Prior to this I was in the Navy from 1971 through 1975 and I finished “A” school as a dental technician and was stationed at Parris Island, S.C., with the Marine Corp doing dental work on the recruits. It was good duty as far as experience in the dental profession.

A number of denture technicians tried directing me into cr and bridge because the professionalism from the dentist and money was better. I heard all the stories both good and bad of being a denture technician and working with dentist. Most of the stories weren’t good, low pay, remakes (most due to error on the dentist part), long hours and the big one, if you complained or asked for the account to be paid then the dentist sent their work to another dental laboratory for awhile. Some would leave with a balance due and wouldn’t send you anymore work.

I was pretty well set on being a denturist at an early stage of my profession as a dental technician. I worked for a few dental labs and saw things happen that I didn’t like. Remakes at the labs expense. Low pay. It was always the talk how dentist abused their, ” lab man”.
Don’t get me wrong. Yes, there are some good professional dentist, but they were and are few.

I ended up going to Montana and starting a dental lab and trying to work through the pit falls of having your own business. The tough part was the economy at that time and having very little business experience. It didn’t take me long to understand that bushwhacking was a part of being a denture technician. For those that don’t know what a bushwhacker is; it’s was a term given to a denture technician ( way back when, I have no idea when and where it originated) that works directly with the patient providing denture care and at the same time in most cases works with a dentist. Yes, you had to be careful. If the dentist found out, you wouldn’t get any more work from them. That’s why a number of people with denture labs can’t come forward when a state works to regulate denturist. If they come forward the dentist would quit sending work to them and they would loose their income and all that they’ve worked for.

Denturist organized in Montana and I come out in support of the denturist and ended up closing my denture lab and headed back to the west coast to work and eventually graduated from the Oregon State Denturist College.

Just a reminder, I’m a denturist

December 23, 2006

Hello everyone, Christmas is here once again. Yes, I made it again. Getting through the stores, and seeing the grief and stress on others was a reminder of those that struggle to make ends meet financially. It was tough this year. As a licensed denturist, practicing since 1992, here in beautiful Basin, Wyoming, I was closed down by an injunction filed by the Wyoming dental board. Two months before Christmas and a house full of kids it was a miracle to watch things come together and know the Lord was instrumental in making it work. It was all a reminder of why I love the denturist profession providing affordable denture care. When the Lord sends me His special people I just know I give from my heart. I give the best service I can and the rest falls into place. Just a reminder that I need to do what I’ve been educated to do because that too was a miracle to complete school. It’s all a reminder of how everything works together to the good if we look to Him. This is just a break in my denturist career, a small struggle, and just a reminder of where I come from and why the Lord blessed me with this profession, that I need to serve to the best of my ability, providing affordable denture care to those in need. May the Lord bless and keep you all through the holidays. I look forward to serving you again—gary

How the denturist profession was created by the creator; The dentist.

December 11, 2006

As I said earlier, I finished a two year associates degree in dental lab technology in dentures and crown and bridge with the honorable instructors, Cliff Redinski (sp) and Jim Lincoln both dedicated to their profession and their students. This happened at Seattle Central Community College and I graduated in 1980. It was a good time of learning. I worked part time at SS White Dental Supply and made my way through the Medical Dental Bldgs downtown Seattle talking to anyone I could regarding the dental profession, mostly dental technicians, denture, cr. and bridge, frameworks and a few prosthetist here and there.

I always had a love for dentures. I’d spend hours watching the guys working dentures. It didn’t mater if they were a doctor or technician. If they had a denture in their hand I was all eyeballs and ears.

I had the background at this point to communicate with them. Prior to this I was in the Navy from 1971 through 1975 and I finished “A” school as a dental technician and was stationed at Parris Island, S.C., with the Marine Corp doing dental work on the recruits. It was good duty as far as experience in the dental profession.

A number of denture technicians tried directing me into cr and bridge because the professionalism from the dentist and money was better. I heard all the stories both good and bad of being a denture technician and working with dentist. Most of the stories weren’t good, low pay, remakes (most due to error on the dentist part), long hours and the big one, if you complained or asked for the account to be paid then the dentist sent their work to another dental laboratory for awhile. Some would leave with a balance due and wouldn’t send you anymore work.

I was pretty well set on being a denturist at an early stage of my profession as a dental technician. I worked for a few dental labs and saw things happen that I didn’t like. Remakes at the labs expense. Low pay. It was always the talk how dentist abused their, ” lab man”.
Don’t get me wrong. Yes, there are some good professional dentist, but they were and are few.

I ended up going to Montana and starting a dental lab and trying to work through the pit falls of having your own business. The tough part was the economy at that time and having very little business experience. It didn’t take me long to understand that bushwhacking was a part of being a denture technician. For those that don’t know what a bushwhacker is; it’s was a term given to a denture technician ( way back when, I have no idea when and where it originated) that works directly with the patient providing denture care and at the same time in most cases works with a dentist. Yes, you had to be careful. If the dentist found out, you wouldn’t get any more work from them. That’s why a number of people with denture labs can’t come forward when a state works to regulate denturist. If they come forward the dentist would quit sending work to them and they would loose their income and all that they’ve worked for.

Denturist organized in Montana and I come out in support of the denturist and ended up closing my denture lab and headed back to the west coast to work and eventually graduated from the Oregon State Denturist College.

Wyoming State Denturist Association or wysda.org

December 11, 2006

Re: Dentist closing down denture makers in the UK. Denturist are dealing with the same thing across the U.S., as if the dentist don’t have enough work doing preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. In most cases it takes a month or two for an appointment to see a good dentist. We denturist know it’s a turf issue and the few dentist willing to make trouble with the denturist are usually of the less ethically inclined.

The majority of the patients I do dentures for are on fixed incomes and they usually will not go into a dental office because of time, prices or the fact that their edentulous. This gives me the opportunity to do an exam, if I see any tissue that doesn’t look healthy I refer that patient out to a dentist, oral surgeon, or physician. A number of these patients buy over the counter self-repair or self-reline kits that are usually not good to use because they don’t last or when they come together the bite is wrong and this causes TMJ temporal mandibular joint discomfort and or long term disorders. Most denturist do repairs and relines and charge about half of what the dentist do.

I was shut down by the Wyoming dental board in October 2006 and I’ve practiced here in Basin, Wyoming since 1992. I’m also a graduate of George Brown’s IDEC denturist program. Excellent program and my hat’s off to Mr. Mike Vakalis and associates. Let’s organize through, the NDA, National Denturist Association http://www.nationaldenturist.com/ and IFD, International Federation of Denturist, http://www.international-denturist.org . Thank you for your consideration. Gary W. Vollan, Wyoming State Denturist Association, http://www.wysda.org/