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Wyoming House of Representatives

February 15, 2016

Memo

 

To: Sixty-Third Wyoming House of Representatives
From: Gary W. Vollan L.D.
  P.O. Box 332
  Basin, Wyoming 82410-0332
Date: February 11, 2016
Re:  

Professional Recognition for Wyoming Denturists

   

Representative, thank you for your service. I’m a trained and educated denturist. I started in the dental profession in 1973 as a U.S. Navy dental technician, decorated for service as a Vietnam Veteran. I have three associate degrees, one as a dental lab tech and two in the denturist profession. I have a bachelor’s degree from the U. of Wyoming’s Leadership and Natural Resource program. I’m a licensed Oregon denturist (1993), keeping the required CE’s for maintaining my license thru June of 2016. My credentials will be provided upon request.

This is my eighth year in practice here at Dr. Nelson and Page, P.C., which includes Drs. Gilman, and Basse here in Worland.  I have been to a number of dental offices outside a protective, competitive, radius looking for more work due to the populous limitations in removable oral prostheses (dentures and partials) over the past eight years in Worland. Dentists in Cody and Powell, who have expressed interest in my skills, have expressed fear of opposition from the Wyoming Dental Board if they hire me. So I haven’t found any work outside the Worland area after three years of looking. I need more work. I have student loans to repay along with meeting the needs of my children.

Please consider voting for HB0144 for recognition of the denturist profession here in Wyoming, encouraging other denturist to come to Wyoming for jobs. Currently there are two denture technicians working with dentists in Wyoming who are interested in pursuing the educational requirements to be denturists. Some other points of interest follow.

  • Denturists and their specialty; being trained and educated in providing a service which saves dentists chairtime, for restorative, emergency, and time for children’s dental care, especially in rural Wyoming with limited dentists and large case loads.
  • Denturists do procedures and related activities pertaining to design, construction and fitting of removables (dentures and partials) for the fully or partially edentulous patient. Denturists communicate removables relating to patient needs.
  • Denturists encourage dentists to work with the elderly edentulous patient; having a denturist specialist to deal with problem cases, economic barriers, and Medicaid in reference to removables. Most dentists would rather work other segments of dentistry. Many dentists find removables time consuming with limited revenue. Time and money are saved due to the denturist’s productive service. Most patients can’t afford prosthodontists.
  • The edentulous population will continue to level off for decades, due to the public health epidemic of periodontal disease and the need for more “preventive” dental education in the lower elementary grades; showing the need for a bigger dental workforce not just in Wyoming but nationally; which should include denturists, dental therapists, and more independence for the hygienists; an outstanding profession.

 

 

References:

http://www.oregondenturist.org/professionals/becoming-a-denturist/
http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Denturist/LicenseRequirements
http://www.bates.ctc.edu/denturist
http://americandenturistcollege.uberflip.com/i/458290-cohort-7-winter-2016-school-catalog-r1
https://denturist.wordpress.com/

http://nationaldenturist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/NDA_Winter_2015_Magazine.pdf

http://nationaldenturist.com/events

http://www.wyomingstatedenturistassociation.org/

https://twitter.com/denturist2th

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American Dental Association’s Anti Denturist Policy – Denturist Data Not Available Through Federal Agencies – Transparency?

February 15, 2010

Denturist data is not available through federal agencies even though the Denturist Profession has been regulated in six states some for over 30 years. The American Dental Association Policy Handbook clearly outlines the act to suppress the denturist profession and intimidate dental suppliers of dental material to denturists. The American Dental Association and American Medical Association spend big dollars suppressing competition by lobbying against legislation to regulate Alternative Healthcare Professions. A good example of this is the recent federal legislation the American Dental Association lobbied against regarding the Dental Health Aide Therapists Program being expanded outside of Alaska that ADA fought Alaska to suppress.

There are several other programs that would be beneficial to the American people allowing them accessible and affordable healthcare. Due to the fact that these programs or professions are not supported by the American Dental Association and American Medical Association they are not registered with federal and state government agencies. No data is available for these professions. For example, I’m an educated licensed denturist that has fought long and hard for recognition and the right to provide the services associated with the denturist profession to provide affordable, oral prostheses care or denture care directly to the public.

The data for the denturist profession is not listed on federal registries as an occupation or profession even though I and a number of my colleagues over the years have requested acknowledgement of the denturist profession to be included for statistical and informational purposes. The denturist profession was not included in the new addition of the Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook again, even though it’s been regulated in six U.S. states providing jobs and services for over 30years in Oregon and Idaho.

I have contacted the Department of Labor over the past three years along with other federal agencies DOC, HHS, DOJ, CDC, FTC, IHS, BLS and AHRQ to have matters of discussion regarding the denturist profession for listing or registration. Montana, Arizona, Maine and Washington State regulate and license denturists. When talking to the different federal agencies I have cited the American Freedom of Information Act in hopes of gaining the information and recognition for the denturist profession but not much has happened.

As a student at the University of Wyoming, doing a paper, I have requested information from several federal agencies and the American Dental Association regarding information about my profession as a denturist. I’m told there is no information available through the federal agencies and the ADA tells me they can’t provide the information to me because I’m not a dentist member.

The American people should have statistic and informational data regarding the success and benefits of the denturist profession as alternative oral healthcare providers, in order to consider national licensure of the denturist profession across the nation as it is in Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries. Thank you for your consideration.

Gary W. Vollan L.D.
vollan@tctwest.net
P.O. Box 332
Basin, Wyoming 82410
http://www.wysda.org