There are a number of international trends and issues that have emerged in recent years, including regulation of Consumer Protection and Medical Devices. The transformation of the once global monopolistic and restrictive area of dental practice is continuing to take place worldwide, which enables consumers greater access to efficient supplementary services. As Dentistry itself advances into highly specialised areas, some areas of Dentistry will fall away in relevance to Dentists and their practice. This void needs to be addressed in the interests of the consumer and creates opportunities for Human Resource Development of other categories. The Scope of Practice of all healthcare categories should, nonetheless, always be within the realms of their education and training.

Generally, Denturists have served many years fabricating dentures as dental technicians, before specializing in one of the 24 schools for Denturism globally. Furthermore, they have acquired additional academic knowledge, clinical skills, professional attitudes and competencies to become an independent clinician. Having passed a comprehensive practical examination, along with a thorough written examination conducted through the prescribed authority, Denturists are trained not only in the construction of dentures but are also educated in microbiology, physiology, oral pathology, head and neck anatomy and much more. Their accredited training complies with the Baseline Competencies prescribed by the International Federation of Denturists.

The profession of Denturism has developed and grown at a different pace at various locations but is gradually expanding to become recognized globally. Initially legislation allowed “Clinical” Dental Technicians to only provide complete dentures directly to the public. Eventually, with the advent of more formalized education and training, Denturists were recognized as being experts in the provision of complete and partial dentures and other oral appliances, directly to the public, and the legislation was so amended. The Scope of Practice of a Denturist (depending on the country and local regulations) may also include the provision of dentures over implants. As an important member of the oral health team, Denturists may refer their patients for specialized procedures, to other dental care providers when required. The expanded Scope of Practice, and the education of Denturists enabling them to recognize oral pathologies, and cross-referrals, has led to a stronger working relationship amongst the entire Oral Health Team (OHT).

During the past decade a worldwide trend emerged for Dentists’ training to focus on Implantology, CAD/CAM and Oral surgery. As doctors of the mouth, Dentists, already specialize in a vast spectrum of disciplines. Denturists focus on only one discipline of dentistry, which is Removable Prosthetics, where they become very familiar and experienced within their field and this expertise presents advantages for the denture-wearing consumer. Denturists have established themselves firmly as expert complementary denture providers. Due to the evolution of international base-line competencies and the development of first-rate retraining and upgrading opportunities, Denturism has matured. With a tradition of first-rate patient care and technical proficiency built upon internationally approved and accepted standards, Denturists demonstrate a history of performance and achievement unique among emerging professions.

The denture-dedicated focus in their training and practice is unique to Denturism. Unlike Dentistry, the main focus of the curricula in schools of Denturism is on ensuring that Denturist students acquire the requisite knowledge, attitudes and skills to provide high-quality removable prosthodontic services. In fact, the provision of dentures by Denturists is so effective, that Dental Schools in some countries are now giving consideration to discontinue denture training all together for Dentistry students.