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Denturist

Denturists are dental health professionals who specialize in the field of removable oral prosthesis (dentures). In partnership with other health care professionals, they assess, design, fabricate, repair and insert complete and removable partial dentures and diagnose related problems.

NOC Number(s):3221
Minimum Education:3 years post-secondary education/training
Employment Outlook:Job openings generated due to employment turnover. Occupational outlook currently unavailable.
Interests:M O I

Duties | Working Conditions | Personal Characteristics | Education | Related Legislation | Employment | Salary | Other Information | Related Occupations | Related School Subjects | Related Field of Study

Duties

Denturists work directly with patients, independently or in collaboration with other health care professionals. In general, they:

  • consult with clients, diagnose dental prosthetic problems and formulate treatment plans
  • perform the intra-oral (in mouth) procedures and laboratory procedures required to design various types of dental prosthetic devices 
  • insert dental prosthetic devices to fit patients comfortably and properly
  • repair, reline and adjust dental prosthetic devices as required
  • create and maintain patient records.

Denturists may use a variety of instruments, machinery and materials to construct dental prosthetic devices. For example, they may use:

  • waxes
  • gypsum materials
  • metals
  • plastics
  • porcelains
  • chemical solutions
  • impression materials.

Denturists also may provide related services (for example, fit sport mouthguards, whiten teeth).


Working Conditions

Most denturists work in denture clinics and associated laboratories (which usually are on the same premises). Some denturists provide services in health institutions or private residences.

Denturists work standard office hours but may put in longer hours, particularly if they are self-employed.


Personal Characteristics

Denturists need the following characteristics:

  • the ability to concentrate and make decisions
  • imagination and creativity
  • the ability to pay close attention to detail
  • manual dexterity for working with equipment and instruments
  • patience
  • excellent communication skills, especially listening skills.

They should enjoy taking a methodical approach to diagnosing problems, analyzing information and experimenting with dental prosthetic device designs, and doing precise work with tools and equipment.


Educational Requirements

In Alberta, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton offers a three year Denturist Technology program that includes a practicum. Entrance requirements include English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2, Biology 30, Pure or Applied Math 30 and one of the following: Science 30, Chemistry 30, Math 31, Physics 30, Social Studies 30 or a 30 level language other than English. A high school diploma is recommended. To be successful in the program, students must be computer literate.

Program graduates are required to complete registration examinations administered by the College of Alberta Denturists as part if the requirements for registration.


Related Legislation

Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Denturists Profession Regulation, registration with the College of Alberta Denturists is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, manufacture dental appliances, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members or students who provide services to the public. Registered members who are authorized by the College may perform restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only Regulated Members may call themselves Denturists.

To find more information on the certification process see Denturist Registration Process on the AlbertaCanada.com website.

Section revised May 2013

Employment and Advancement

After they are registered as regulated members of the College of Alberta Denturists and have been issued a practice permit, denturists may continue to work for other employers or operate their own denture clinics.

In Alberta, people employed as denturists work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Section revised October 2011

Salary

Registered denturists can earn more than $55,000 a year (2010 estimate). 


Other Sources of Information

Post-secondary institution calendars and websites (see Educational Requirements above)

EDinfo website: www.alis.alberta.ca/edinfo

College of Alberta Denturists website: www.collegeofabdenturists.ca

Denturist Association of Canada website: www.denturist.org


Related Occupational Profiles
Dental Hygienist
Dental Technologist
Prosthetic and Orthotic Technician

Related High School Subjects
English Language Arts; Fine Arts (Visual Arts); Health, Recreation and Human Services (Health Care Services; and Human and Social Services); Mathematics; and Science (Biology; and Chemistry)

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
Health Care and Medical Sciences

Produced October 2010
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