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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.



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