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Dental Therapist

Dental therapists are registered dental professionals who carry out certain items of dental treatment direct to patients or under prescription from a dentist. As a dental therapist, you can undertake the following if you are trained, competent and indemnified:

  • Obtain a detailed dental history from patients and evaluate their medical history
  • Carry out a clinical examination within their competence
  • Complete periodontal examination and charting and use indices to screen and monitor periodontal disease
  • Diagnose and treatment plan within their competence
  • Prescribe radiographs
  • Take, process and interpret various film views used in general dental practice
  • Plan the delivery of care for patients
  • Give appropriate patient advice
  • Provide preventive oral care to patient and liaise with dentists over the treatment of caries, periodontal disease and too wear
  • Undertake supragingival and subgingi scaling and root surface debridement using manual and powered instrument
  • Use appropriate anti-microbial therapy manage plaque related diseases
  • Adjust restored surfaces in relation to periodontal treatment
  • Apply topical treatments and fissure sealants
  • Give patients advice on how to stop smoking
  • Take intra and extra-oral photographs
  • Give infiltration and inferior dental block analgesia
  • Place temporary dressings and re-cement crowns with temporary cement
  • Place rubber dam
  • Take impressions
  • Care of implants and treatment of peri-implant tissues
  • Carry out direct restorations on primary and secondary teeth
  • Carry out pulpotomies on primary teeth
  • Extract primary teeth
  • Place pre-formed crowns on primary teeth
  • Identify anatomical features, recognise abnormalities and interpret common pathology
  • Carry out oral cancer screening
  • If necessary, refer patients to other healthcare professionals
  • Keep full, accurate and contemporaneous patient records

Additional skills which dental therapists could develop include:

  • Carrying out tooth whitening to the prescription of a dentist
  • Administering inhalation sedation
  • Removing sutures after the wound has been checked by a dentist

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