What is a Dental Therapist?

3 / 08 / 2022

Did you know that the Dental therapist profession was introduced in the 1960s! But they are now a massive part of the dental team.


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A dental therapist is also a hygienist and fits somewhere in between a dentist and a dental hygienist.

Dental therapists have completed a degree at university and are trained alongside dental students.

They can treat both adults & children.

Scope of practice:
• Intra and extra oral assessment, or check-ups, including oral cancer screening and referrals (Currently only privately due to the NHS restrictions with Dental Therapists but this might be changing soon!)
• Teeth cleaning and treatment of gum disease
• Fillings in both baby teeth and adult teeth
• Place temporary dressings and re-cement crowns with temporary cement
• Apply fluoride varnish and fissure sealants
• Prescribe, take & report dental radiographs
• Take dental impressions for sport guards and whitening trays
• Give local anaesthetic
• Place pre-formed crowns on primary (baby) teeth
• Extract baby teeth under local anaesthetic
• Carrying out tooth whitening (under prescription of a dentist)

You might see our Dental Therapist Chloe at Larkham House, and she’s also taking on new private patients.

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