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Shedding light on our dental Therapists, what are they and what can they do?

There are so many of us at Purity Dental and it can be quite hard to keep track of who you’re seeing and why. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in us so here is a little bit of background into one of the most commonly asked questions we hear. “What is a Therapist, sorry?”

A Dental Therapist is a modern member of the dental team and not all dental practices will have one – so we’re extra special. In 2002 the Dental Act was reviewed and amended and in doing so Dental Therapists became able to work in private and NHS practices across the UK.

So, what does this mean for you as patients?

Similar to the way other professional bodies operate, for example, attending appointments with a practice nurse instead of your GP our dentists refer treatment to our therapists. This allows more time for dentists to carry out emergency appointments and more complicated treatments such as root canal fillings.

Like all members of the dental team, Dental Therapists adhere to a scope of practice regulated by our governing body, The General Dental Council. Below are a range of treatments a Therapist can undertake;

  • Intra and extra oral assessment
  • Record indices and monitor disease
  • Periodontal treatment (treatment for gum disease)
  • Apply materials to teeth such as fluoride and fissure sealants
  • Take Dental Radiographs (X-ray)
  • Provide dental health education on a one to one basis or in a group situation
  • Routine restorations (Fillings), on adults and children
  • Extract deciduous (Baby) teeth under local analgesia
  • Administration of analgesia (dental Injections)
  • Emergency temporary replacement of crowns and fillings
  • Take impressions