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:
In 2013 the GDC removed its barrier to Direct Access for some dental care professionals
Dental hygienists and dental therapists can carry out their full scope of practice without prescription and without the patient having to see a dentist first. The only exception to this is tooth whitening, which must still be carried out on prescription from a dentist.
Dental hygienists and therapists must be confident that they have the skills and competences to treat patients direct.
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