Based on findings from the Non-orthodontic Appliances Workgroup that met on April 29, 2013, the Board of Denture Technology has adopted a "Practice Clarification" to clarify the role of the denturist in assisting consumers, and when denturists should refer the denturist patient to a physician.
The board adopted the Practice Clarification at its September 9, 2013, regular board meeting.
The workgroup was established and Practice Clarification adopted due to concerns received from stakeholders regarding potential issues of licensed denturists treating sleep apnea, temporomandibular disorders and other medical conditions that are not within the scope of practice of denturists.
The Practice Clarification recommends that denturists, prior to providing any non-orthodontic dental appliance services, refer patients to a physician if they present with signs and symptoms of sleep apea, complain of snoring, or present with signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorder.
In the case of temporomandibular disorder, denturists should construct, repair, reline, reproduce, duplicate, supply, fit or alter the denture as outlined within the scope of practice of a licensed denturist. If signs and symptoms of the disorder persist, denturists should refer the patient to a physician, dentist or oral surgeon.
Click here to access the Practice Clarification Addressing Non-Orthodontic Dental Appliances.