Sophie loves children and has already established herself as a practice favourite with our young dental patients at North Street Dental and Implant Clinic here in Dudley in the West Midlands.
Her scope of practice is under the prescription of our dentists and she is also able to see referral patients.
It may surprise you to know that, under the General Dental Council edict, she has far more skills than just delivering a scale and polish, the most common of therapies people associate with her clinical role.
But Sophie and people like her are qualified to do more – much more.
As a dental hygienist and dental therapist, Sophie is able to deliver treatment plans within her competence, evaluate medical history, take and interpret radiographs, provide preventive oral health care to patients, complete periodontal examinations and charting and use indices to screen and monitor periodontal disease, she can take intra and extra-oral photographs and carry out oral cancer screening and referrals.
Additional clinical scope includes administering anaesthesia, carrying out the removal of the soft tissues inside a tooth on primary teeth, the taking of impressions, the extraction of primary teeth and the placing of crowns on primary teeth, to undertake supragingival and subgingival scaling and root surface debridement, the placing of temporary dressings and to re-cement crowns with temporary cement.
She is able to carry out tooth whitening under the prescription of a dentist, apply fissure sealants and carry out simple fillings on children and adults.
Of course, Sophie is also qualified to use appropriate anti-microbial therapy to manage plaque related diseases – the biggest cause of adult tooth loss in the UK, apply topical treatments and offer advice on how to stop smoking.
An extensive list of a dental therapist’s scope of practice can be found on the dentists’ governing body website gdc-uk.org.