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What Does a Denturist Do?

What's New

  • Aug 20 97th Council Meeting The 97th meeting of Council will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the College Office (365 Bloor Street E., Suite 1606, Toronto, ON).
  • Aug 8 Notice of By-Election and Nominations for District 2 The College of Denturists of Ontario is conducting a By-election on Thursday, October 17, 2019 for a member of Council for District 2. Read More

About the Profession

A Denturist is a dental health care professional who provides denture care directly to the public. Denturists examine patients who are missing some or all of their teeth, and can design, construct, repair and alter removable dentures.

A Denturist is an independent, self-regulated professional who works with other oral health care providers, including Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Technicians, and Oral Surgeons, as part of the Dental Health Team to provide the best denture care and service to their patients.

Denturists are allowed to perform the following duties:

  • Design a treatment plan for the patient
  • Measure patient’s jaws to determine size and shape of dentures required
  • Take impressions
  • Design and construct full and partial dentures
  • Fit and modify new dentures
  • Reline and rebase dentures
  • Repair and alter dentures
  • Fabricate removable prostheses over implants
  • Fabricate mouth protectors

Qualification Requirements

In order to practise in the province and use the title of “Denturist” an individual must complete an approved denturism program, pass the Qualifying Examination administered by the College of Denturists of Ontario (CDO) and be registered with the CDO.  You can find a registered Denturist in Ontario by going to Find a Denturist.

You can search for a Denturist in your area by typing in your address, city or the first three digits of your postal code. Please note the CDO cannot recommend a Denturist to the public.

Professionalism

Denturists are required to renew their registration annually with the CDO and must:

  • Participate in the Quality Assurance Program (the QA program includes activities and education that foster continuing professional development in a manner that addresses and promotes continuing competence, inter-professional collaboration, changes in practice environments, and standards of practice).
  • Maintain privacy and confidentiality of their patient’s personal health information and records