3221 Denturists

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Lead statement

Denturists examine patients and design, construct and repair removable dentures. Most denturists work in private practice.

Example Titles

  • denturist
  • dental mechanic
  • denturologist

Main duties

Denturists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Measure patients' jaws to determine size and shape of dentures required
  • Make impressions of patients' teeth, gums and jaws
  • Design and construct dentures or direct other workers to construct dentures
  • Insert, fit and modify new dentures
  • Repair dentures
  • Reline, rebase and adjust dentures
  • Fabricate mouth protectors, anti-snoring prostheses and removable prostheses on implants
  • May order radiographs
  • May prepare partial dentures
  • May perform denture whitening and cleaning.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of a two- or three-year college program in denturism/denturology is required.
  • An internship in a registered denture clinic may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial regulatory body is required.

Exclusions

  • Dental assistants (34113411)
  • Dental hygienists and dental therapists (32223222)
  • Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants (32233223)
  • Dentists (31133113)