Quest for Denturism

1.1 Development and formal education:
By the time dentistry classes were introduced into university studies, a more formal separation was created between those who, for the greater part, extracted teeth (dentist/dental surgeon) and those who specialized in the construction and fitting of dentures (dental technician/denturist). Throughout the 19th and early 20th century, Dental Technicians continued to work in the mouth, while Dentists mounted an increasingly strong lobby to influence regulations related to the delivery of dental health care services. They succeeded to persuade legislators to limit work in the mouth to themselves. When Dental Technicians working in laboratories, were asked for their opinions, their sub-contracting dependence on the Dentist largely shaped their responses. Technicians who had continued to work with patients were not consulted, and legislation that continues until today, defines the scope of practice for the two professions.

The Society and its members is committed to the efficient legitimate practice of Denturism, the appropriate training of Denturists in South Africa and compassionate care for prosthedontic patients!


The logo chosen to identify the aim of The Society is a golden figure of a balance scale, the universal symbol for justice, with a golden banner underneath depicting the word:  EQUITY  as our motto.

The Society came into being when different pressure groups and non-governmental organizations (NGO's) with the same aspirations to establish a category of Denturist in South Africa, started working together in 1996; initially as a study group. Their aim was to contribute to the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) in a constructive manner by facilitating the restructuring of the denture delivery process, in order to improve efficiency and affordability of one of the most basic oral health services. It was agreed to:

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  • Clinical Dental Technology  is the practice of supplying and fitting removable prosthetic appliances where both chair-side and laboratory work are performed by one and the same person, qualified and authorized for the purpose.

  • To promote the establishment and maintenance of a professional oral health category of clinical dental technologist under an Act of Parliament in South Africa;

For many years The Society contemplated the option to register as a Section 21 Incorporated Company as prescribed under the Companies Act. This simply provides the flexibility to become a legal entity, separate from the individual members that provides certain benefits to its members in terms of the law.

The Society have made contact with an internationally established Humanitarian Foundation (involved in blindness prevention campaigns) that trains paramedical individuals to perform cataract eye operations on patients in many exceedingly destitute communities, also in South Africa.