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Dental Therapist – Direct Access

Patient information

What is Direct Access?

Direct Access is giving patients the option to see a Dental Care Professional (DCP) without having first seen a dentist. This allows the DCPs to provide a range of services directly to patients without a prescription from a dentist which is within their scope of practice.

The role of a Dental Therapist and their Scope Of Practice

Dental therapists are able to:

  • Carry out all cleaning and periodontal treatments
  • Carry out direct restorations on primary and secondary teeth
  • Carry out pulpotomies (remove nerve) on baby teeth
  • Extract baby teeth
  • Place pre-formed crowns on baby teeth
  • Identify anatomical features, recognise abnormalities and interpret common pathology – in other words carry out a dental examination.
  • Take x-rays

Additional skills a therapists could develop include:

  • Carrying out teeth whitening to the prescription of a dentist
  • Removing sutures after the wound has been checked by a dentist

Please note, dental therapists are unable to prescribe antibiotics, painkillers or any other drugs to alleviate symptoms. If you are experiencing pain or swelling you should see your dentist.

Our Christmas Opening Hours

We would like to wish our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your support throughout the past year and we hope to see you in 2019.

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

We will be closing for Christmas on Friday 21st December and will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

However, we will be available for emergency cases for registered patients. Call the practice on 01978 757409 for more information.