Dental Nurses: Their Role & Credentials

Dental nurses are registered dental professionals who provide clinical and other support to Dentists, Dental Therapists, Hygienists and patients.

All our dental nurses are qualified, trained, competent and indemnified.

They can:

  • prepare and maintain the clinical environment, including the equipment
  • carry out infection prevention and control procedures to prevent physical, chemical and microbiological contamination in the surgery
  • record dental charting and oral tissue assessment carried out by Dentists, Dental Therapists, Hygienists
  • prepare, mix and handle dental bio-materials
  • provide chairside support to the operator during treatment
  • keep full, accurate and contemporaneous patient records
  • prepare equipment, materials and patients for dental radiography
  • process dental radiographs
  • monitor, support and reassure patients
  • give appropriate patient advice
  • support the patient and their colleagues if there is a medical emergency
  • make appropriate referrals to other health professionals


Additional skills across our team of dental nurses include:

  • oral health education and oral health promotion
  • assisting in the treatment of patients with special needs
  • assisting in the treatment of orthodontic patients
  • intra and extra-oral photography
  • pouring, casting and trimming study models
  • shade taking
  • tracing cephalographs


Additional skills carried out on prescription from, or under the direction of, other Dentists, Dental Therapists or Hygienists include:

  • taking radiographs
  • placing rubber dam
  • measuring and recording plaque indices
  • removing sutures after the wound has been checked by a dentist
  • constructing occlusal registration rims and special trays
  • repairing the acrylic component of removable appliances
  • applying topical anaesthetic to the prescription of a dentist
  • constructing mouthguards and bleaching trays to the prescription of a dentist
  • constructing vacuum formed retainers to the prescription of a dentist
  • taking impressions to the prescription of a dentist
  • apply fluoride varnish either on prescription from a dentist or directly as part of a structured dental health programme.


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