British Association of Dental Therapists

Representing dental therapists since 1963

Enquiry & Support Line 01616 655 878

(9:30am to 4:00pm weekdays - excluding bank holidays)


What can Dental Therapists do?

As from the 1st of July 2002, legislation permits a Dental Therapist to work in any sector of dentistry.

A registered Dentist must examine the patient and indicate clearly in writing the course of treatment that the Dental Therapist is to carry out.

These are the range of procedures which a Dental Therapist can carry out:

Currently a dental therapist can deliver local anaesthesia only from a prescription of the drug by a registered dentist. If there is a patient group directive in place a dental therapist may prescribe local anaesthesia in that particular dental setting.

A Dental Therapist must be registered with the General Dental Council and have appropriate indemnity insurance cover.

Additional skills which dental therapists could develop during their careers include:

The scope of practice for dental care professionals is to be reviewed in 2012 by the General Dental Council.