Who is a denturist?
Denturists are healthcare providers who work directly with patients who require replacement of two or more teeth. Denturists are trained in both intraoral procedures (clinical procedures) and the associated laboratory procedures for the required treatments.
What services do denturists provide?
Denturists provide complete and partial denture treatments including those on dental implants. In Alberta, denturists are the main provider to seniors for complete and partial denture treatments; however, denturists provide services to people of all ages including some children.
Denturists do one or more of the following:
- assess, diagnose and treat persons missing some or all of their natural teeth
- design, construct, repair, alter and fit any complete or partial denture for the purpose of restoring and maintaining function and appearance
- teach, manage and conduct research in the science, techniques and practice of denturism
- provide restricted activities authorized by the regulations
Where do denturists practice?
Denturists usually provide their services from stand-alone clinics, but some are in joint clinics with dentists and some provide services to long-term care facilities, hospitals and home care sites. Denturists have in-house laboratories where they complete the majority or all of the laboratory work related to their services.
Some denturists also work in educational institutions teaching the science and techniques of denturism.