Unlike other Oral Health Care practitioners, Denturists are trained in all aspects of direct denture-fitting and fabrication, from consultation, treatment planning, taking impressions and clinical intra-oral evaluation, to personally creating removable oral appliances throughout all the laboratory procedures and aftercare. 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 Oral Health Team (OHT), when appropriate.

The direct interaction and relationship developing between Prosthetist (manufacturer) and the Patient (consumer), results in a professional custom-made service that prevents miscommunication. Thus, patients can enjoy personalized and cost-effective services from a one-stop specialist, who also has a fully equipped denture laboratory integrated in his/her Denture Clinic. Denturists subscribe to self-regulation through a Code of Conduct and Patient Charter, to uphold their professional and ethical duty towards their patients, communities, colleagues and the OHT.

Privately practicing Denturists have independent autonomy and can be consulted without a referral. They may either practice in their personal capacity, or as a juristic person, or in association, group practice with other oral health professionals, or appointed in civil service. In many parts of the world Denturists are known to also provide a mobile service to homebound patients and in retirement institutions. This mobility could prove to be very efficient to meet the edentulous needs in rural South Africa.