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Protecting The Public

What's New

  • Apr 26 Updated Directive #2 for Health Care Providers The College confirms that the revised Directive #2 is not intended to stop the provision of Denturism care and services and that the scope of practice continues to remain unaffected. Registered Denturists should continue to exercise professional judgement when providing Denturism services to the public to prevent any additional burdens to the health care system. Read More
  • Apr 7 Ontario Government Declares State of Emergency & Stay-At-Home Order The Ontario Government has declared a provincial state of emergency in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission. Denturism care and service remains unaffected. Read More

Denturism and the Scope of Practice

A Denturist is a registered oral healthcare professional, one of many that are regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. 

The Denturism Act, 1991 sets out the scope of the practice of denturism:

  • assessment of arches missing some or all teeth; and
  • design, construction, repair, alteration, ordering and fitting of removable dentures.

As a member of a self-regulated profession, a Denturist must engage in safe, competent and ethical practice that promotes oral health and the well-being of the public of Ontario.

The Denturist must be educated to be able to fulfill responsibilities in the areas of:

  1. Complete denture fabrication
  2. Partial denture design and fabrication
  3. Immediate denture fabrication
  4. Implant-supported denture fabrication
  5. Relines, rebases and repairs of patient or practitioner removable dentures

The process around the fabrication and fitting of dentures involves seven phases:

  1. Gathering information related to the patient’s relevant medical history and assessment of oral conditions
  2. Treatment planning and design
  3. Impressions
  4. Assessment of centric and protrusive occlusion
  5. Try-in
  6. Insertion
  7. Professional records and responsibilities
In all activities and environments, the Denturist works independently with the patient, and collaboratively with other healthcare providers where necessary.