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INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION

Defining Denturism
Professional Denturists are the members of the dental health care team specifically trained and educated in the skills, knowledge and professional attitude required to provide denture services to the community.

Equipped with solid technical training as a technician, and post-technician training in sciences, clinical skills and interpersonal skills, the Denturist can design, create, construct, and modify (repair and reline) a prosthesis to ensure optimal fit, maximum comfort, and general well-being. The Denturist performs dedicated procedures as both the clinician and dental technician. He/She is better equiped to control all aspects of the creation and design of the ideal prosthesis, while enabling a cost saving to the patient.

While the term "Denturist" is a commonly used designation, internationally the profession is also referred to by a series of language-specific names, for example:

Australia: Dental Prosthetist
Belgium: Denturist / Denturologiste
Canada: Denturist / Denturologiste
Denmark: Klinisk Tandtekniker
Finland: Special Dental Technician / Erikoishammasteknikko
France: Denturologiste
Germany: Zahnporthetiker
Ireland: Clinical Dental Technician
Malta: Denturist
Netherlands: Tandprotheticus
New Zeland: Clinical Dental Technician
Slovakia: Zubnych Prosthetist
South Africa: Clinical Dental Technologist
Switzerland: Zahnporthetiker
United Kingdom: Clinical Dental Technician
United States: Denturist

 

SCHEDULE OF DENTURIST LAWS

Laws permitting the supply of dentures to the public without the intervention of a dentist have been passed in the following countries and states. These laws may have been challenged and amended to the advantage or detriment of the Denturist movement over the years. The schedule is not exclusive but comprises the Acts of Parliaments known at the time of printing. The figures beside each country indicate the number of Denturists licensed in that jurisdiction, at time of writing.

 

(200) DENMARK Case law followed by an Act of Parliament in 1979 1843
(200)TASMANIA, Australia 1958
(200) ZURICH, Switzerland 1961
(200) ALBERTA, Canada 1961
(200) BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada 1962
(200) FINLAND 1964
(60) MANITOBA, Canada 1970
(200) VICTORIA, Australia 1972
(400) ONTARIO, Canada 1972
(55) NOVA SCOTIA, Canada 1973
(900) QUEBEC, Canada 1973
(200) NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia 1975
(50) NEW BRUNSWICK, Canada 1976
(55) SASKATCHEWAN, Canada 1977
(40) MAINE, U.S.A. 1977
(40) ARIZONA, U.S.A. 1978
(50) COLORADO, U.S.A. 1979
(100) OREGON, U.S.A. 1980
(40) IDAHO, U.S.A. 1982
(40) MONTANA U.S.A. 1984
(200) SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1984
(25) NEWFOUNDLAND, Canada 1984
(1) YUKON TERRITORY, Canada 1984
(200) WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1985
(100) SPAIN 1986
(100) PORTUGAL 1986
(100) NEW ZEALAND 1988
(200) HOLLAND, Netherlands 1989
(200) QUEENSLAND, Australia 1991
(200) UNITED KINGDOM 2007

 

Distinguishing Among Professionals
University-trained dentists perform the full range of services related to the patient dental health care and well being (assessment, diagnosis, treatment etc.). The scope of practice for Denturists includes clinical work, but clearly delineates and draws distinctions between adjustment and/or alteration to natural teeth/tissues of the mouth, and appliances. Denturists work with constructed or prosthetic (artificial replacement) devices only. Dental technicians, by contrast, work in laboratories and are trained to make appliances for dentists. They have neither the technical training nor the legislated mandate to work directly with patients.

 

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