What is a Dental Therapist?

You can think of a dental therapist as a ‘mini dentist’. We can handle much of the routine dental work you would expect from a dentist, without having to see one first*. Dental therapists are becoming increasingly important members of the dental team. Health education is an important part of the role, and below you will see the range of procedures** that London Hygienist can carry out for both children and adults:

  • Intra and extra oral assessment, also known as a dental health assessment or checkup, including oral cancer screening and referrals

  • Teeth cleaning and treatment of gum disease

  • Restorations (fillings) in both primary (baby) teeth and permanent teeth on adults and children

  • Place temporary dressings and re-cement crowns with temporary cement

  • Apply materials to teeth such as fluoride varnish and fissure sealants

  • Take dental radiographs, also referred to as x-rays

  • Take dental impressions for sport guards and whitening trays

  • Give local anaesthetic to provide pain-free treatments

  • Place pre-formed crowns on primary (baby) teeth

  • Extract (remove) primary (baby) teeth under local anaesthetic

  • Dental therapists can also develop additional skills including:

  • Treating patients who have high-treatment needs

  • Carrying out tooth whitening (under prescription of a dentist)

  • Administering inhalational sedation

  • Removing sutures after a dentist has checked the wound

A dental therapist may treat a wide range of patients who have high treatment needs, such as those who:

  • are dentally anxious

  • are medically compromised

  • are physically disabled

  • have learning disabilities

  • have high levels of untreated decay

  • are unable to access regular dental care

For more information or to book an appointment for any of the above listed procedures, please contact London Hygienist.





Chelsea Dental Clinic

298 Fulham Road

London SW10 9EP
0207 349 8889

Mondays: 9am - 6pm

Tuesdays: 9am - 6pm

Alternate Thursdays: 9am - 6pm

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