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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.

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  • Minimum Education 3 years post-secondary
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  • In Demand High
NOC & Interest Codes
The Denturist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Denturists
NOC code: 3221
METHODICAL

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

OBJECTIVE

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

INNOVATIVE

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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Duties
Updated Sep 22, 2014

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
Updated Sep 22, 2014

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.

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

Denturists need the following characteristics:

  • the ability to concentrate and make decisions
  • adaptability and creativity
  • the ability to pay close attention to detail
  • manual dexterity for working with equipment and instruments
  • patience, determination and persistence
  • 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
Updated Sep 22, 2014

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

Program graduates are required to 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

Denturist

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.

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.

Education

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 find more information on the certification process for internationally trained denturists, see Denturist Registration Process on the AlbertaCanada.com website.

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
Website: www.collegeofabdenturists.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Sep 22, 2014

After they are registered as regulated members of the College of Alberta Denturists and have been issued a practice permit, denturists may work for 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.

Wage & Salary
Updated Sep 22, 2014

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

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Other Sources of Information
Updated Sep 22, 2014

College of Alberta Denturists website: www.collegeofabdenturists.ca

Denturist Association of Canada website: www.denturist.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 27, 2014. 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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