Denturism Program (S101)

Program Description

Leadership Claims

Preparing graduates to work as Denturists for over 40 years.

Program Overview

Students in the Denturism program are educated within the guidelines of the denturist’s scope of practice. This includes assessment, treatment planning, design, fabrication and maintenance of various dental prostheses and oral devices.

Full Description

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 Accreditation (EQual) Canada

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
  • relines
  • 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 qualifying 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.

Your Field Education Options

This three-year program offers valuable field experience that includes both on-site and off-site 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 regulated oral health-care professionals, at our nearly 40,000 square foot, 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 both at our on-site WAVE Dental Clinic and off-site 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.

Interested in this program but need more competitive marks? Consider enrolling in the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (A108) program. This program will help you develop new and strengthen existing skills in math, biology, chemistry, physics, and communication. NOTE: While successful graduates of the (A108) program will be eligible to apply to this advanced diploma, it does not guarantee entry into this program.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the College of Denturists of Ontario provincial qualifying examination. 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 CDO for details about the registration process in Ontario.

Denturists are members of a self-regulated health-care profession.

Denturists practice in various settings, including:

  • private practice
  • community health settings
  • hospitals
  • teaching institutions
  • research
  • innovation facilities
  • the dental industry

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We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.

From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

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