Providing dental care for the community or in an acute setting is a team responsibility and each member of the team has an important role to play in promoting and maintaining dental health.
The skills of the team coupled with the advances in dental technology means that a visit to the dentist is seen as a positive way to support health and wellbeing. More of us are looking after our teeth better and keeping them longer, meaning the number fillings needed has reduced.
Whichever role you choose, you’ll be making a big contribution to looking after the nation’s teeth, gums, mouths.
Clinical Dental Technicians (CDT) are dental professionals who provide complete dentures direct to patients and other dental devices such as partial dentures to the prescription of a dentist.
Dental technology is a science that understands bio-compatible materials that can be utilised, adapted, and manufactured for constructing appliances for patients that replace lost tissues such as teeth or appliances that adapts anatomy.
Dental hygienists work closely with other members of the dental team. A dental hygienist can carry out treatments such as scaling and polishing, oral health promotion and preventative fissure sealants for both adults and children.
Dentists lead the dental team and have the skills and confidence to diagnose and treat problems and provide good advice to patients.