Dental Therapists: Their Role & Credentials

The scope of practice is a way of describing what our Dental Therapists are trained and competent to do, as set out by the General Dental Council.  It describes the areas in which they have the knowledge, skills and experience to practise safely and effectively in the best interests of our patients.


Meneage Dental employs 5 Dental Therapists, who use the full scope of practice.

Dental therapists are qualified, registered dental professionals who carry out certain items of dental treatment direct to patients or under prescription from our dentists.

All our dental therapists are trained, competent and indemnified to: 

  • obtain a detailed dental history from patients and evaluate their medical history
  • carry out clinical examinations
  • complete periodontal examinations and charting, and use indices to screen and monitor periodontal disease
  • diagnose and deliver treatment plans
  • give local anaesthetic
  • carry out direct restorations (fillings) on primary and secondary teeth
  • prescribe radiographs
  • take, process and interpret various film views used in general dental practice
  • plan the delivery of care for patients
  • give appropriate patient advice
  • provide preventive oral care to patients and liaise with dentists over the treatment of caries, periodontal disease and tooth wear
  • undertake supragingival and subgingival scaling and root surface debridement using manual and powered instruments (routine scale and polish and extensive scaling)
  • use appropriate anti-microbial therapy to manage plaque related diseases
  • adjust restored surfaces in relation to periodontal treatment
  • apply topical treatments and fissure sealants
  • give patients advice on how to stop smoking
  • take intra and extra-oral photographs
  • place temporary dressings and re-cement crowns with temporary cement
  • place rubber dams
  • take impressions
  • take care of implants and treatment of peri-implant tissues
  • carry out pulpotomies on primary teeth
  • extract primary teeth
  • place pre-formed crowns on primary teeth
  • identify anatomical features, recognise abnormalities and interpret common pathology
  • carry out oral cancer screening
  • if necessary, refer patients to other healthcare professionals
  • keep full, accurate and contemporaneous patient records
  • if working on prescription, vary the detail but not the direction of the prescription according to patient needs. For example, the number of surfaces to be restored or the material to be used
  • carry out tooth whitening to the prescription of a dentist
  • remove sutures after the wound has been checked by a dentist.


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