What is a dental therapist?
A dental therapist is different from a dental hygienist who help patients maintain their oral health by promoting good oral health practice. A dental therapist can perform everything a dental hygienist does, but is also able to perform other dental treatments either direct to patients, or under prescription from a dentist.
What procedures can a dental therapist perform?
A dental therapist may do the following:
- Obtain a dental and medical history.
- A full periodontal examination.
- Tooth whitening
- Administering inhalation sedation.
- Removing sutures from dental wounds.
- Supragingival and subgingival scaling using manual and powered instruments.
- Topical treatments and fissure sealants.
- Giving advice on how to stop smoking.
- Take oral photographs.
- Re-cement crowns temporarily.
- Take impressions.
- Implant care and treatment of peri-implant tissues.
- Oral cancer screenings.
Therefore, for any of the above procedures, a dental therapist may be responsible. Other skills are performed by dentists, orthodontists or other dental specialists.