Besides the activities defined in the detailed scope for dental technology practice, denturism practice involves:

  • Fabricating, fitting and relining of removable complete full dentures when there are no natural teeth remaining and there is no diseased or unhealed hard or soft tissue.
  • Fabricating, fitting and relining removable partial dentures subject to the patient obtaining a COH* from a Dentist or Dental Specialist, where required.
  • Taking impressions and undertaking other non-invasive clinical procedures involved in the construction of complete and partial immediate dentures in collaboration with, and prior to the final fitting by, a Dentist or Dental Specialist. In some states Denturists are certified to remove sutures after the wound has been checked by a Dentist.
  • Taking impressions, relining and undertaking other non-invasive clinical procedures involved in the construction of removable complete and partial root/tooth over dentures in collaboration with, and prior to the final fitting by, a Dentist or Dental Specialist.
  • Fitting and repair of extra-oral maxillofacial prostheses in collaboration with a Dentist, Dental Specialist or Medical Practitioner. In relation to the above activities:
    • Obtaining medical and dental histories and consulting with other health practitioners as appropriate. 
    • Examination of the oral tissues to ensure that the patient’s mouth is fit for purpose and free of disease, disorder or abnormality.
    • Referral of patients to a Dentist, Dental Specialist or Medical Practitioner when any disease, disorder or abnormality is detected.
    • Referral of patients to a Dentist or Dental Therapist when modification of natural dentition such as preparation of occlusal-rests is required for the placement of a partial denture.
    • Referral of patients to a Dentist, Dental Specialist or Medical Practitioner for prescription of a COH* and treatment plan, where/if required
    • Preparation of a treatment plan (in association with a prescription if required) and keeping the patient informed and part of all decisions related to adjusting the treatment plan resulting from unforeseen complications.
    • Oral health education and promotion.

Practice in this context goes wider than Denturism to include teaching, research, and management, given that such roles influence clinical and technical practice and public safety.  Areas of Denturism practice which were not included in a practitioner’s training should not be undertaken, unless the practitioner has completed appropriate training and practises to the standard required by the appropriate Code of Practice prescribed by the Regulating Authority.