Denturists

(NOC 3221)

in All Health

Denturists examine patients and design, make, and repair removable dentures. Most denturists work in private practice.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3180 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Denturists most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

The median employment income for 43% of Denturists who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$25,896

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Health

Hourly Pay

$16.38

Minimum

$30.45

Median

$41.35

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Denturists examine patients and design, make, and repair removable dentures. Most denturists work in private practice.

Job duties

Denturists:

  • Measure patients' jaws to determine size and shape of dentures required.
  • Make impressions of patients' teeth, gums, and jaws.
  • Design and make dentures or direct other workers to construct dentures.
  • Insert, fit, and modify new dentures.
  • Repair dentures.
  • Reline, rebase, and adjust dentures.
  • Make mouth protectors, anti-snoring prostheses, and removable prostheses on implants.
  • May order radiographs.
  • May prepare partial dentures.
  • May perform denture whitening and cleaning.

Sample job titles

  • dental mechanic
  • dental mechanic apprentice
  • denture mechanic
  • denture technician
  • denture therapist
  • denturist
  • denturologist

Skills

You should have good interpersonal skills and a desire to help others. Patience and the ability to handle stressful situations may be needed. You must be efficient and accurate, yet sensitive to the needs of patients. Hand-eye coordination and an aptitude for detailed and precise work are necessary. Artistic ability may also be helpful.

Job requirements

  • A two- or three-year college program in denturism/denturology is required.
  • An internship in a registered denture clinic may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial regulatory body is required.

Other considerations

Most denturists work in private practice and work standard office hours. They may work longer hours, especially if they are self-employed.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

100.0%

self employed

42.9%
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57.1%
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56.7

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

75.7%

employed full-time

9.6%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.0%

North Shore

50.0%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

66.7%

Manufacturing

33.3%

Health care and social assistance

What is the age of Employment?

40.0%

55-64

20.0%

45-54

20.0%

65+

20.0%

35-44

Compared to: All Health

24.0%

25-34

23.9%

45-54

21.9%

35-44

18.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

71.4%

College Diploma

N/A
28.6%

Diploma Below Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Health

38.4%

College Diploma

$40,033 median annual income
27.1%

Bachelor

$61,668 median annual income
8.7%

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry

$81,191 median annual income
6.8%

High school

$24,829 median annual income
5.1%

Master

$69,296 median annual income

Education & training

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Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Denturist

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated. The job title is protected, and you may not use it without a professional licence. A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Denturist Licensing Board of Nova Scotia
PO Box 22009
Halifax, NS B3L 4T7
(902) 420-1251
(902) 422-2910

Contacts

Denturist Society of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia, Canada
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
Bedford, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.