By law only a Dentist is allowed to measure, fit and sell dentures to members of the public. The definition of Dentistry as defined in the Act is an anachronism, was specifically formulated to outlaw Denturism and is in reality no more than a crude definition of Denturism. To restrict a definition of Dentistry to the limited clinical procedures of supplying dentures does a disservice to the vast scope of oral health, surgical and rehabilitation disciplines included in the health science of Dentistry.

Qualified Denturists, who manufacture dentures and sell them directly to the public, exist in other countries (40 individual Parliaments have implemented this category), but South Africa lags behind to embrace the positive results of implementing this addition to the Oral Health Team, despite having made provision for Clinical Dental Technology through enabling legislation (which needs to be revised by a workable definition) in 1997.

Dental Technicians in South Africa are professionally specialized in the manufacture and repair of dentures, but are restricted to only sell their services through a Dentist, many of whom illegally sell dentures directly to the public. However, no provision is made for them to acquire appropriate clinical training in South Africa or to register as Clinical Dental Technologists as specified in the Act that controls their profession. In practical terms, the category has no legal standing here, nor is the sale of dentures directly to the public legally permitted by anyone other than a Dentist.

The monopoly for Dentists to sell dentures, is so comprehensively entrenched that it even finds any accused guilty without recognizing the universal principle of innocence until proven guilty; as it shifts the onus to the accused to prove that he/she did not receive any gain for the procedure of which he/she is accused of, which is of course impossible to prove (How does one produce tangible evidence of something that did not happen?) and is patently unconstitutional.