Internationally, in many countries costly investigations were conducted by Restrictive Practice Commissions and Competition Boards to reinstate Free Enterprise and to identify and abolish monopolies and cartels created by dental legislation that were not desirable or in the dental consumer’s interest.

The Competition Act was promulgated to promote and maintain competition in South Africa in order to, amongst others:

The lack of official status for those Dental Technicians wishing to obtain clinical rights and further clinical qualifications and/or working in this area of Dentistry illegally has been a suppressed issue since the first dental legislation was debated during the Battle of the Bill in the 1920’s. Dentists were initially not recognized by the medical professions as an independent separate health professional and were going through an identity forming evolution with the introduction of academic training replacing the former apprenticeship.

In 1997 the South African Parliament has conceded to introduce a category of Clinical Dental Technologist.

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.

Due to the go-between system, the denture delivery procedure is fragmented into different compartmented procedures by a variety of oral health categories, resulting in a restraint-barrier on communication between manufacturer and consumer.

The ambitions for specialization by Dental Technicians, to create a category of Denturist after the Second World War, resulted in Organised Dentistry creating a monopoly to protect their members from any competition.

The protection of the health and safety of the public is a valid objective, but prescribing that all dentures be supplied only by Dentists, is a disproportionate way of achieving this objective. Denturists are trained to provide at least the same quality of care as Dentists, for a specific limited set of services.