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3221 – Denturists

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


Example titles

  • Dental mechanic
  • Denturist
  • Denturologist

Main duties

This group performs 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.


  • Dental assistants (3411)
  • Dental hygienists and dental therapists (3222)
  • Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants (3223)
  • Dentists (3113)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
3 - Health occupations
Skill level
B - Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training.
Major group
32 - Technical occupations in health
Minor group
322 - Technical occupations in dental health care
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