Denturists have independent autonomy for private practice, requiring neither supervision nor prescription.  The international trend is for a Denturist to carry on a practice as an individual, a juristic person, or in association or group practice with other oral health professionals, or appointed in civil service when and where they need to create such posts is identified. Denturists employ flexibility in workplace environment by a variety and mobility of modes of practice whether in a Denture Clinic, as a Mobile service, doing sessions in Rural Clinics or as Associates in OHT Group Practices.

Denture Clinics

Globally Denturists in private practice conduct their practice in Denture Clinics, with separate functional areas for reception and administration, clinical areas, dental laboratory, with adherence to universal hygiene and infection control protocol and when the location allows, therefore, also wheelchair accessibility.

Mobile Services mobile clinic

Denturists who so choose may provide a Mobile Services for the convenience of rural patients in outlying underserved communities. Denturist Mobile service is also convenient and highly appreciated by patients who need to be served at home, or for institutionalised patients in Hospitals or Retirement facilities. For consumer convenience, Denture Clinics may (optionally) provide a shuttle service for patients with transport barriers, by fetching them from home and back for denture appointments.

rural clinicRural Communities

In underserved rural communities, Denturists may provide their service in partnership with the State, by utilising District Clinics for setting up appointments and doing sessions on pre-arranged days, or by using Mobile Denture Service units. This may bring huge relief for rural denture needs in communities where formal private dental practice are deemed economically marginalised and as a result deprived of any dental service. Even though Dentists are not available in such communities, Denturists may refer patients in need of tissue modification to Dental Therapists, as an alternative service provider (also in similar partnership with the State at District Clinics)

Group practices

There is a growing trend in countries with a long established Denturism culture, to establish Oral Health Group practices, where a wide range of OH categories provide joint services as associates. In Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the EU, etc. it is becoming popular for Dentists, Dental Specialists, Denturists, Oral Hygienists and Dental Therapists to practice as the Oral Health Team and functioning as referring clinicians to serve the whole range of disciplines and specialities of dental care, that patients may need.

Denturism is part of the dental professions and should stand alongside other oral healthcare professionals. The Bill of Rights in the South African Constitution guarantees every citizen the rights to choose their profession freely. The practice of professions may be regulated by law, but should not interfere with the right to freedom of association and the patient’s right to ideal health care services in a practical and rational dispensation. Working together in good harmony with other oral health professionals and cooperation as a dental team of experts promotes inter-disciplinary referral which is important for the optimal treatment of the patient. In Europe, Australasia and North America there is an increasing tendency in the oral health professions to form group practices or clinics and in terms of practical referral of patients, gradually becoming regarded as international best-practice. It is our conviction that a denturist and a dentist should not be prohibited from working together in association. These proposals are subject to the provisions of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act 56 of 1974).

Group practice is mutually beneficial for the dentist and the denturist, as it relieves the dentist from the pressures of providing dentures and free chair time of dentists for other more advanced and profitable procedures, etc. The denturist, in turn, refers any need for invasive procedures, such as extraction of teeth and root rests, modification of undercuts and occlusal rest preparations, etc. to the relevant category of the dentist, oral hygienist or dental therapist. Likewise, any pathology or unnatural tissue are referred, ideally to be diagnosed by the relevant specialist.