A denturist is a member of the oral health care team. They have a diploma in denturism. It takes about two years to receive a diploma. Students complete courses to learn about oral health, science, and different types of dentures. After finishing a recognized denturist program they complete an internship, pass four exams, and demonstrate their good character. Then they complete an application process to become a registered denturist with the College of Denturists of BC.
Only a denturist who is registered with the College of Denturists of BC can call themselves a “regulated denturist”, “registered denturist”, or “licensed denturist” in B.C.
What does a denturist do?
Denturists examine the mouths of people who are missing some or all of their teeth. They make, fix, adjust, or replace complete dentures to fill places where teeth are missing. If your dentist gives them a prescription, they can make different kinds of dentures including partial dentures, and overdentures. These are sometimes called false teeth.
How do denturists keep their skills up-to-date?
Denturists must renew their registration with the College of Denturists of BC each year. Every year denturists must complete a self-assessment and commit to professional goals. They must also complete a problem-solving exercise and at least five hours of professional development course work.
What happens when I first visit a denturist?
The first time you see a denturist they will explain what you can expect from a variety of treatment options. They will let you know how different dentures work, what the dentures look like, and how much they will cost. They will also need to ask you some general medical and health questions. The information you tell them is confidential. They will need to know if you are in good health, if you are under the care of a physician, and if you have drug reactions or allergies to certain things.
How can I find a denturist?
You can call a denturist directly for an appointment. You do not need a referral. You can find all registered denturists on the College of Denturists of BC website www.cd.bc.ca. Denturists usually work in their own clinics but some work with dentists, in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home care sites.
How do I pay for a denturist?
MSP does not cover services for a denturist but they may be covered by premium assistance plans, by First Nations, or Veteran Affairs.
What if I have a concern about the care I received from a denturist?
As a patient you have the right to expect a professional standard of care from your denturist. If you think that has not happened, please contact:
College of Denturists of BC
101-309 Sixth Street
New Westminster, BC V3L 3A7
Where can I find out more about denturists?