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Practitioner information

The following regulated profession is overseen by the Board of Denture Technology. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the link below:

About the board

The Oregon Board of Denture Technology oversees the practice of denturists. Denturists construct, repair, reline, reproduce, duplicate, supply, fit or alter removable prosthetic dental appliances, otherwise known as dentures. In the fitting process, denturists also take impressions, bite registrations, try-ins or insertions. Denturists 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.

The Board of Denture Technology consists of seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate:

  • four active licensed denturists
  • one Oregon licensed dentist in active practice
  • two public members who do not possess the professional qualifications of other members and who are not a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or sibling of an active licensed denturist or dentist

The term of office of each member is three years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the governor.

Board members

Nels Hvass

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 2/29/2020

Nels Hvass is a licensed denturist working with Natural Dentures, in Eugene, Oregon. He has served as a board member, president, and vice president of the Oregon State Denturist Association.

Christopher Chapman

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 9/25/2019
Hood River

Christopher Chapman started as a laboratory technician with Artistic Denture Center in Roseburg in 1997. In 1998, he enrolled in George Brown College's International Denturist Education program in Toronto, allowing him to continue clinical and laboratory training under a licensed denturist. He sat for his Oregon Board of Denture Technology exams in 2001.

"I believe the experience I've gained in the last 20 years, in directly treating patient and by associating with professionals who pledge to give the patient the best treatment offered has been invaluable," Chris said.

Chris was born in Arizona and spent 10 years in Missouri before moving to Hood River. Having spent 30 years living in Idaho and Oregon, he considers the "Northwest" his home.

Chris is married to his beautiful wife Melanie, and they have six adorable children! Having been raised in rural, small town, farming and logging communities, Chris loves the simple hard working lifestyle that surrounds them in the Gorge area.

Robert Beckner

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 12/16/2021

Robert Beckner worked in cable television construction and installation prior to 1992, when he graduated Dental Lab School in Riverside, California. He was an owner/operator of ROBB LAB in San Bernardino County from 1992-1997, before moving his family to Warrenton, Oregon.

From 1997-2014, Robert worked at Astoria Dental Lab, Inc. before obtaining his license in 2013, from Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Washington and opening Smile Dentures, pllc. in Warrenton.

Robert's father is a retired Dentist and his mother is a retired Nurse Practitioner, both teaching their professions at Loma Linda University. His love of the Pacific Northwest shows in how he spends his spare time with family or doing anything outdoors like fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, disc golfing or going to the beach.

Creating smiles is his passion and he wants to see his profession of Denturism become legal in all 50 states! His hope is to serve the Oregon Board of Denture Technology to the best of his abilities.

The Board of Denture Technology currently has an opening for a Dentist. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Board of Denture Technology currently has an opening for a Denturist. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Board of Denture Technology currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Board of Denture Technology currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.

Board recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current member terms expire.

Overview of HLO-regulated professions and boards
Current board vacancies and information on how to apply


For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Sarah Bye at 503-373-1989 or

For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Samie Patnode at (503) 373-1917 or

For board recruitment questions, contact Paige Sims at 503-373-1915 or

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