What is a CDT

What is a Clinical Dental Technician?

Clinical Dental Technicians (CDT’s) are registered Dental Care Professionals (DCP’s), who are regulated by the General Dental Council.

Qualifying as a clinical dental technician involves years of intensive study that exceeds dental technician’s training through additional modules in sciences, clinical skills and customer care. Their position allows them to offer patients direct treatment for the construction, repairing and fitting of removable dental appliances. Whilst dentists and clinical dental technicians work independently of each other, they may confer on treatments when it is in the best interest of the patient.

Whilst most commonly used by denture-wearers, clinical dental technicians can offer a range of services, including advice on oral health. Along with performing technical and clinical procedures for removable dental appliances, clinical dental technicians can carry out intensive clinical examinations to search for oral abnormalities and refer patients to other health care professionals where necessary.

The scope of practice for clinical dental technicians is specific to ensure the safety and well-being of patients. If you are a patient who feels that they are being provided with services outside the technician’s job description, it is important to report it to the correct authorities.

Qualified CDT’s have undertaken extensive training to be able to provide a range of denture products to the public. To find out more about ‘The Scope of Practice’

Mr Joe Gaeta is a member of BACDT

BACDT Charter

1. BACDT members are committed to providing high quality service and products. All full members are registered with the GDC and practise in accordance with the ethical guidance.

2. BACDT members will provide clear descriptions of products and services offered and make their prices available to ensure that marketing material is truthful.

3. All materials used by BACDT members are CE marked and all custom made dental appliances are compliant with the Medical Devices Directive.

4. BACDT members are committed to keeping up to date with latest products & development in the interests of patients.

5. BACDT members ensure that they have adequate professional indemnity cover.

6. BACDT members operate within clinical environments and adhere to current infection control protocols.

7. BACDT members work within the GDC requirements for the Scope of Practice document and as part of the full registered dental team in accordance with the GDC regulatory framework, referring patients where necessary.

8. BACDT members will carry out treatment taking due care and attention to minimise any inconvenience to patients.

9. BACDT members actively uphold the GDC’s ‘Principles of Practice in Dentistry’ as outlined below:

As a dental professional, we are responsible for doing the following:

1. Putting patients’ interests first and acting to protect them.

2. Respecting patients’ dignity and choices.

3. Protecting the confidentiality of patients’ information.

4. Co-operating with other members of the dental team and other healthcare colleagues in the interests of patients.

5. Maintaining my professional knowledge and competence.

6. Being trustworthy.