He is a dental health care professional who primarily takes care of dental prostheses and removable appliances. Sometimes called a denturologist in Québec, his profession is highly regulated in this province. Such health care professionals must be members of their professional corporation, the “Ordre des denturologistes du Québec” (ODQ).
Other professions in dentistry:
The denturist’s mission
The denturists take charge of various tasks and they cover a wide range of activities within the context of a dental office:
- taking impressions
- fabrication of complete dentures and/or partial dental prostheses (partial dentures)
- insertion of removable dental prostheses into the mouths of patients
- controls, follow-up care, and repairs to dental appliances
These professionals work together with the general dentist and the dental specialist.
The denturist degree in Québec
Just like the dental hygienist, the denturist has the right to practice on the express condition that he is a member of his professional order.
The ODQ checks and certifies that each of its members has acquired the required training and expertise to practice this profession.
This certification is granted following the completion of a college diploma in denturism (also called denturology), and it is also recognized in a large number of Canadian provinces as well as in several American states.
The qualities of a denturist
The profession of denturist is varied and exciting. It requires actual technical skills. Designing small denturism parts calls for much dexterity. In addition, the insertion of dental prostheses into the patient’s mouth requires a lot of precision from the denturist.
This professional is in direct contact with his patients, and he must therefore have good communication skills and use the right psychological approach. He must take the time to explain every step to the patient.