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Scope of Practice is a terminology used by national and state/provincial licensing boards for various professions to define the procedures, actions, and processes that are permitted for licensed individuals for specific demonstrated competency. Regulations prescribe requirements for education and training, and define Scope of Practice; a dynamic entity which is continually moulded to reflect the techniques and procedures commonly used in practice.

Denturism practice is a subset of the practice of Dentistry, and parallels with their approved education, training and competence. It involves the Scope of Practice for Dental Technicians, plus the fitting of removable oral appliances, also in a cooperative spirit with Dentists and other members of the OHT.

 The Scope of Practice of a Denturist is that covered by the Objectives and the Subjects and Topics outlined in the International Baseline Competency Profile. Denturists provide removable oral appliances (also classified as Medical Devices) directly to a patient, some procedures collaboratively with other oral health practitioners.

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.

The Scope for Implant-retained Over-dentures in Denturism-practice involves clinical procedures associated with the design, manufacture, trial fitting and repair of removable complete and partial implant-retained over-dentures prescribed and fitted by a practising Dentist or Dental Specialist.

Healthcare providers are obliged to seek consultation, if possible, whenever the welfare of patients will be safeguarded or advanced, utilizing those who have specialized skills, knowledge and experience. Inter-professional referrals advance co-operation within the Oral Healthcare Team and are in the best interest of the patient for attaining expert treatment and optimal efficiency. In this regard, a professional co-operative spirit of referral between Denturist and Dentist would be to the advantage of the service rendered to the patient

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 the 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.

The elderly is the most prevalent group, requiring removable oral prostheses. Institutionalized and frail patients are burdened with a transportation barrier and often battle to deal with physical and cooperation challenges. Due to their flexibility and mobility, Denturists are often the only denture service available for any hospitalized patient, those in Retirement facilities and also frail Geriatrics.