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What can a Denturist do?

Denture Technology 
Denturists construct, repair, reline, reproduce, duplicate, supply, fit or alter removable prosthetic dental appliances or other removable nonorthodontic dental appliances as defined in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 680.500​ (scroll down to find the correct ORS reference). In the fitting process, denturists also take impressions, bite registrations, try-ins or insertions. 

Denturists may provide full dentures to replace complete sets of original teeth that are missing in the upper, lower or both sections of the mouth, or partial dentures, which fit sections of the mouth in which some of the original teeth remain. 
Denturists may also provide removable nonorthodontic dental appliances such as teeth whitening trays and snore guards.

Denturists provide services independently and directly to the public in their own offices, in dental laboratories and businesses that specialize in denture services, and work in collaboration with dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons to provide comprehensive dental services to patients. 

 

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Scope of practice questions 

MeetingDo you have a question about how a law or rule impacts your individualized practice?

Please know that the Health Licensing Office (HLO) and its boards do not provide individualized advice on how the law applies to practice in the field. Here are some resources:
  • If you are looking for an attorney to provide you with legal advice about the statutes and rules governing your licensure, the Oregon State Bar has information on how to hire a lawyer.
  • If you wish to make a complaint against a person for violating HLO and the board's statutes or rules, you may use this complaint form.
  • If you wish to make a public comment on the statutes and rules governing your licensure, interested party feedback is encouraged at all public meetings.
  • Guidance on how to obtain a license is available on the HLO website.
  • If you believe HLO and the board's rules need to be amended, you may file a rule petition with HLO for consideration. Please note that any rules must fit within HLO and the board's current statutory authority. Please also know that the board will consider your position but might not adopt your proposed rule. The statute that governs rule petitions is ORS 183.390.
  • If you believe HLO and the board's statutes need to be amended, information about the legislative process is also available on the Oregon Legislature's website.

Please know the HLO and its boards remain neutral on substantive bills proposing changes to its laws and cannot act on your behalf in any proposals to change the governing statutes. 

If you have further questions, please contact Board Specialist Maria Gutierrez at 503-373-1906.

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More information

For more information, please contact HLO policy analyst Samie Patnode at 503-373-1917 or samie.patnode@state.or.us.
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