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Denturism: An Overview

Table of Contents
Shaping Denturism
Introduction to the Profession
Schedule of Denturist Laws
Relationship between Dentists and Denturists
Patient Perspective
Future Directions: Collaboration and Co-existence


Denturism as a profession has come of age. Quality and effective direct patient care, underscored by an efficient use of health care training dollars, combine to build international acceptance and recognition that Denturists are the members of a health care team particularly well prepared to provide denture services directly to the community.

With a tradition of first-rate patient care and technical proficiency built upon internationally approved and accepted standards - Denturists demonstrate a history of performance and achievement unique among emerging professions.

Denturism looks toward building the international support, which will assist in meeting the professional and inter-professional challenges of the twenty-first-century.

Historically, the relationship between dentists and Denturists has been ambivalent at best, and more often than not, hostile and antagonistic. Legislation, and by implication, community dental health care, has often been shaped and defined by inter-professional conflicts and rivalries.

The purpose of this article is to provide an update on requirements, training and expectations of Denturists -- and to underscore their critical role in working as independent practitioners or as a part of the team of dental health care professionals delivering ongoing services, support and care to the community.

Denturist training is cost-effective in terms of public or private training dollars, and provides the community with an alternative, highly specialized and affordable form of treatment. Denturism, is an alternative to a very small part of the work of dentists, and contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of good community and dental health care.

The development, recognition and acceptance of worldwide standards for Denturist training, underscored by community support in the form of legislative changes, paves the way for international recognition of Denturism as a regulated, self-governed profession.

Denturists work toward redefining relationships with other dental health care professions, and addressing issues like legislated monopolies. We will continue to carve out our role and responsibilities in terms of DENTURISM



On September 26th 2018, at the Cocktail opening the IFD Annual General Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Duffy Malherbe was inducted into the Brotherhood of Sterkenburgers.



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