Do no harm, is the international protocol for all replacement prostheses, such as prosthetic limbs, optical aids and also includes dental appliances. Removable prosthodontics is concerned with the replacement of teeth and their supporting structures by patient-removable devices.

Every effort is made to design a self-cleansing appliance that preserves the remaining teeth and oral structures. Dental prostheses have to conform to strict biological, physical and mechanical principles if they are to restore lost functions effectively. Each patient presents individual challenges, which requires multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding the problem and devising a solution, for which highly developed manipulative and dexterity skills are needed. Oral Health Practitioners serving these patients must be competent to design and manufacture removable prostheses to a clinically acceptable standard. Advanced forms of prostheses can involve occlusal rehabilitation, sophisticated metal technology, precision attachments and implants. To qualify as a Denturist involves years of intensive study that exceeds Dental Technician’s training through additional modules in clinical skills, sciences and customer care. This allows them to offer patients direct treatment for the construction, repairing and fitting of removable dental appliances.

Non-invasive practice - The scope of practice of Denturist’s includes clinical work, such as the intra-oral procedures involved in the provision of removable appliances, including taking impressions, recording the bite relationship and fitting the denture in the mouth, but Denturists do not perform invasive procedures. Whilst Dentists and Denturists work independently of each other, they may confer on treatments when it is in the best interest of the patient. In those cases that the need arises to have x-rays taken, to assess i.e. sub-gingival root rests, the possible extraction/modification of roots and impacted teeth and the like, the patient are referred to a Dentist during the planning stage, by the Denturist. Similarly, this provision would also apply to the procedures of tooth modification needed, such as the preparation for occlusal rests or broken/leaking fillings. Denturists receive training in Pathology recognition. Any manifested pathology of the mouth, oral disease and lesions (including unnatural discoloration of soft tissue, lumps and swellings) are referred to a Dentist or Oral Pathologist.