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Denturists are primary health care providers who specialize in oral prosthesis (full and partial dentures and dental implants). Together with other health care professionals, they assess, design, make, repair and insert complete and removable partial dentures. They also diagnose related problems.

Denturists are trained in clinic (in-mouth) procedures and the associated lab procedures for the required treatments.

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  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education 3 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Denturists (3221) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Denturists (D221) 
  • 2011 NOC: Denturists (3221) 
  • 2016 NOC: Denturists (3221) 
Interest Codes
The Denturist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Interest in speaking with patients to ensure that dentures fit comfortably; and in relining and rebasing dentures


Interest in precision working with dental and laboratory equipment; and in making impressions of patients' teeth, gums and jaws


Interest in analyzing information to design, fit and modify new dentures

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Updated Sep 22, 2014

Denturists work with patients one-on-one or together with other health care professionals. In general, they:

  • consult with clients
  • diagnose dental prosthetic problems
  • develop treatment plans
  • perform the intra-oral (in-mouth) and lab procedures required to design and make various dental prosthetic devices
  • insert devices to ensure a proper and comfortable fit
  • repair, reline and adjust devices as required
  • create and maintain patient records.

Denturists may use a variety of instruments, machinery and materials to make dental prosthetic devices. Materials include:

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

Denturists may also provide related services (for example, fitting sport mouthguards and whitening teeth).

Working Conditions
Updated Sep 22, 2014

Most denturists own and operate their own denture clinics (usually with onsite labs). Some denturists provide services in health care facilities or private homes.

Denturists work standard office hours. They may work longer hours, especially if they are self-employed.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Sep 22, 2014

Denturists need to possess:

  • the ability to concentrate
  • good decision-making skills
  • adaptability and creativity
  • attention to detail
  • fine motor skills
  • patience and persistence
  • excellent communication skills (especially listening skills).

They should enjoy:

  • working with the public
  • working step-by-step
  • diagnosing problems
  • studying information
  • experimenting with various design options

working with tools and equipment that demand precision.

Educational Requirements
Updated Sep 22, 2014

The minimum educational requirement is a 3-year denturist training program.

Program graduates must complete registration examinations administered by the College of Alberta Denturists as part of the requirements for registration.

Denturists should also have standard first aid and basic life support training.

Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Sep 22, 2014


Denturists assess, diagnose and treat persons missing some or all of their natural teeth, and design, construct, repair, alter and fit complete or partial dentures, and implant supported prostheses for the purpose of restoring and maintaining function and appearance.


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.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved denturism diploma program, (2) an approved post-diploma internship program, and (3) approved practical and theoretical examinations. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, contact the College of Alberta Denturists.

Working in Alberta

Denturists who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered denturists in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To learn about certification for internationally educated denturists, see Denturist Registration Process.

Contact Details

College of Alberta Denturists
270, 10123 - 99 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T5J 3H1
Phone number: 780-429-2330
Toll-free phone number: 1-800-260-2742
Fax number: 780-429-2336

Employment & Advancement
Updated Sep 22, 2014

Once denturists have registered as regulated members of the College of Alberta Denturists and have a practice permit, they may work for employers or operate their own denture clinics.

This profession is equal opportunity for males and females working in the industry – it is generally a 50/50 split.

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

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

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation

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

In Alberta, the 3221: Denturists occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 0 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Wage & Salary
Updated Sep 22, 2014

Registered denturists can earn $55,000 - $85,000 a year based on years of experience (2018 estimate).

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Sep 22, 2014

College of Alberta Denturists website:

Denturist Association of Canada website:

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Updated Mar 15, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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