COLLEGE OF ALBERTA DENTURIST

Services Provided

Authority to Provide Services

The Government of Alberta's Health Professions Act provides the various professions with authority to provide Restricted Activities which are defined in the Government Organization Act, Schedule 7.1.

The Denturist Regulation provides authority for any regulated member denturist to perform any or all of the following restricted activities:

  • Prescribe and fit a removable partial or complete denture.
  • Prescribe and fit a fixed or removable implant supported prosthesis that replaces two or more teeth.
  • Perform an invasive procedure on body tissue below the mucous membrane or in or below the surface of teeth if the procedure does not alter natural dentition.
  • Insert and remove instruments, devices and fingers into an artificial opening in the mouth.
  • Reduce a dislocation of a Temporomandibular joint for the purpose of reducing a subluxation of the Temporomandibular joint.
  • Order any form of ionizing radiation in medical radiography.

Note: denturists may also provide services that are not restricted activities.

Services Provided

Denturists provide the following services:

  • Consultation, examination and diagnosis for treatments for patients who are missing one or more teeth and for patients wishing non-restricted services.
  • Removable partial dentures including, acrylic, resin and cast metal, immediate (surgical) transitional/temporary, standard, equilibrated, semi-precision and precision attachment partial dentures, etc.
  • Removable complete dentures including immediate (surgical), transitional/temporary, standard, equilibrated dentures, overdentures, etc.
  • Any fixed or removable implant supported prosthesis which replaces two or more teeth, including partial dentures and bridges and various complete dentures systems.
  • Ongoing maintenance of dentures including adjustments, tissue conditioning, relines, rebases, repairs, resetting of teeth.
  • Ongoing maintenance of implant restorations of two or more teeth.
  • Tooth whitening systems.
  • Sports mouth guards.
  • Anti-bruxism devices (Night Guards).
  • Anti-snoring devices (Airway Dilators).
  • Referral to other health care providers for necessary services, such as oral surgeons, general dentists, medical practitioners (family doctor), chiropractors, physiotherapists, etc.

Working With Other Health Professions

Depending on what denturist service you require, your denturist may refer you to another practitioner(s) for other services to be done before, after, or in collaboration with the denturist services.

For example:

  • Tooth extractions may require the patient to see a general dentist or oral surgeon to determine necessity for the extraction(s) and to schedule accordingly.
  • Implant placement and restorations may require a varied team of individuals including the denturist, a general dentist or dental specialist, family doctor, radiologist, and dental technologist/technician.
  • Partial denture treatment usually involves a referral to a general dentist to assess the remaining natural teeth to have any necessary restorations and any pre-denture modifications (such as an item called a rest preparation) done. You may also be referred to a dental hygienist to have your remaining teeth cleaned.
  • Other circumstances may require your denturist to discuss some of your health matters and the proposed denturist services with your family doctor, or may refer you back to your family doctor to address issues of concern to the denturist, which may affect your treatment by the denturist.

Services Not Provided

Some services denturists do not provide are:

  • Services on natural teeth such as fillings or extractions. These are services provided by dentists.
  • Placement of dental implants. This is done by a dentist or dental specialist.
  • Cleaning of natural teeth. This can be done by a dentist, dental hygienists and in some circumstances, a dental assistant.