Dental therapists provide preventive and basic dental repair services, including cleanings, fillings and simple extractions. They are trained to provide a limited number of routine dental services including: (a) preventive care such as patient education, oral health outreach and screenings, (b) dental exams, x-rays and fluoride treatments, (c) cleanings and placement of sealants, and (d) fillings and simple extractions. They work under the general supervision of a dentist, sometimes working in different locations, while communicating daily with their dentist by phone, fax and telemedicine technologies. They work much in the same way physician assistants do to extend the reach of physicians, allowing them to see more patients needing more advanced services.
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last update: September 2017