About the job

Nature of work:

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

Job duties:
  • Measure patients' jaws to determine size and shape of dentures required.
  • Make impressions of patients' teeth, gums and jaws.
  • Design and construct dentures or direct other workers to construct dentures.
  • Insert, fit and modify new dentures.
  • Repair dentures.
  • Reline, rebase and adjust dentures.
  • Fabricate 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

To work in this field, 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:
  • Completion of 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.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. 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 38% 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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Denturists< 50N/AN/AN/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $25,896
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Health36,515Strong growth4,385Low
Minimum: $16.38
Median: $25.50
Maximum: $41.00
Minimum: $10,740
Median: $43,853
Maximum: $88,944
DenturistsCompared to: Occupations in Health
Percent employed full-time88%77%
Percent self-employed1%10%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentDenturistsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Bretonxx13%$32,974
Annapolis Valleyxx13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeDenturistsCompared to: All Health
% Employed% Employed
Median Age5744
GenderDenturistsCompared to: Occupations in Health
% Employed% Employed
EducationDenturistsCompared to: All Health
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax1.1%$27,581
High schoolN/Ax6.9%$24,119
Trades certificateN/Ax5.0%$31,728
College certificate or diploma75.0%$52,78139.4%$36,693
University certificate or diploma25.0%$53,3514.8%$50,769
Bachelor's degreeN/A$54,84027.6%$57,186
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/A$48,1882.3%$61,833
Master's degreeN/Ax5.1%$87,808
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax7.2%$83,000
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

Right to Title and Practice:This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.
Regulating body:
Denturist Licensing Board of Nova Scotia
PO Box 22009
Halifax, NS B3L 4T7
(902) 420-1251
(902) 422-2910
Useful contacts:
Denturist Society of Nova Scotia
3951 South River Road
Antigonish, NS B2G 2H6
Tel: (902) 863-3131
Fax: (902) 863-3131
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Dental laboratory technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of dentists, to design and construct dental prostheses such as caps, crowns, bridges, dentures, splints, and orthodontic appliances. These programs include courses in dental anatomy, dental materials, ceramics technology, impressions, complete dentures, partial dentures, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, sculpture, bonding and assembly techniques, and equipment operation.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
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