NAIT Denturist Technology program offers screening for abnormal oral cell growth
Program looking for 200 new patients; provides students with real-world experience
In addition to receiving a good deal on quality dentures, in December and January NAIT denture patients will be offered a test that screens for abnormal oral cell growth.
The screening test, done using a tool known as a VELscope, helps identify abnormalities in the mouth, including those not visible to the naked eye. Normal, healthy cells produce chemicals that glow under the light of the VELscope. Abnormal cells, including denture sore spots, scar tissue and cancer, appear dark. This service is not typically offered as a part of routine visits.
NAIT’s Denturist Technology program needs 200 new denture patients every year. These individuals receive dentures for less than the cost elsewhere for the same procedures, while helping second-year students gain hands-on experience.
Patients will be seen by the same student denturist throughout the process, until their dentures are complete. There are always opportunities for follow-up visits as required. All the work is done in the polytechnic’s modern clinic and labs, under the supervision of registered denturists. Dentures should be examined yearly, and in most cases replaced every five years.
- NAIT’s Denturist Technology program is one of only four denturist programs in Canada, typically attracting students from across the country.
- The full-time, three-year program is designed to provide students with the theoretical, technical and clinical experiences required to assess, diagnose, design, fabricate and insert both complete and partial removable dentures.
- Of the recent graduating classes, 100 per cent of students found work within a year of completing the program.
- Denture patients interested in participating in the program can contact the NAIT dental clinic at 780.471.7786.
Trena Perrin, educational lab technologist, NAIT Dental Health Sciences
“Patient participation is an essential part of NAIT’s Denturist Technology program. It provides our students with real-world experience that helps them prepare for rewarding careers. Patients, meanwhile, receive courteous, professional and economical service. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Steven Cheema, Denturist Technology instructor
“The oral screening test is another reason for denture patients to book an appointment at NAIT. We have discovered abnormalities in the past using the VELscope. This is one more tool in our toolkit to diagnose and treat patients.”
NAIT Denturist Technology program
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.