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Protecting The Public

What's New

  • Feb 22 New Self Assessment Tool Now Available! The Quality Assurance Committee is excited to announce that the online Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) is available to Registered Denturists through the new Professional Practice Portal! Read More
  • Feb 18 Notice of Hearing - Mr. Salvatore Lima The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee of the College of Denturists of Ontario has referred specified allegations against Mr. Salvatore Lima to the Discipline Committee of the College. The hearing is scheduled for February 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Read More to access the live stream link to the hearing. 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.