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 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate 3550 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 6335 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. 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. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

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

N/A
50.0%

Halifax

N/A

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
Halifax, NS

Contacts

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

Additional resources

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