The Denturism program prepares students to provide care as independent oral health care professionals.
This program is approved by the College of Denturists of Ontario (CDO). In addition the program is currently accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Denturism (CAD).
Utilizing the Denturism model of care, students will learn to:
- assess a patient's health history and oral health conditions
- design a treatment plan
- take impressions
- complete procedures to fabricate the construction of removable partial or full dentures
Students will also provide services related to:
- denture repairs
- removable oral devices
In addition, students will learn techniques in the fabrication of implant overdentures through simulation.
The program consists of a challenging curriculum, including academic, clinical and laboratory skills. Emphasis is placed on interprofessional education, whereby students learn to function within a collaborative oral health-care team. Students are to assume responsibility for ensuring the client base required to participate in the clinical component of the program.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the CDO provincial licensing examination. (NOTE: Additional fees apply.) Successful completion of the examination is one of the requirements to be registered to practice as a Denturist in the province by the CDO. Visit the CDO for further information about the registration process in Ontario.
Students have the opportunity to organize their own external field experience in an oral health-care setting.
Your Field Study options
This three-year program offers valuable field experience that includes both onsite and offsite opportunities.
During the first year, students will spend time developing comprehensive lab skills that they will draw upon for the remainder of the program and throughout their future careers.
In the second year, students will build upon that foundation as they start working directly with patients, under the supervision of faculty, at our onsite state-of-the-art WAVE Dental Clinic.
In the final year, students will continue to develop their skills by treating a broad range of clients who have complex oral health care needs. Students can expect this work to be located at both our onsite WAVE Dental Clinic and offsite with a field partner.
PLEASE NOTE: Clinical hours include early mornings that can extend into the evening. Students are responsible for finding their own field experience opportunities and are required to get pre-approval of the placement site from program faculty.
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Practice in a professional, competent and ethical manner within the defined scope of practice and consistent with current regulations and standards of practice.
- Assess and evaluate patients’ oral health status using determinants of health and risk analysis to identify denturism needs, support treatment decisions and provide appropriate referrals to other health care professionals as required.
- Design, implement and evaluate a range of primary, interceptive, therapeutic, preventative, and on-going oral health care services to meet the unique needs of patients.
- Design, fabricate, insert and maintain a variety of dental prostheses and oral devices.
- Identify, select, implement and evaluate quality assurance standards and protocols which contribute to a safe and effective working environment.
- Establish and maintain professional and inter-professional relationships which contribute to patient care, safety and positive health care outcomes within the scope of practice of denturists.
- Facilitate the development of specific oral health attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviours in patients by selecting and utilizing principles of teaching and learning.
- Develop and present a model for a denturist practice that addresses relevant business principles, current legislation and standards of practice.
- Develop ongoing reflective professional development strategies and plans related to realistic career goals in the profession.
- Integrate theory, principles, concepts and relevant research into competent denturism practice.
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