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“Scope of practice for Clinical Dental Technicians & Dental Nurses”
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What is a CDT?
Clinical Dental Technicians are registered dental professionals who provide complete dentures direct to patients and other dental devices on prescription from a dentist. They are also qualified dental technicians.Patients with natural teeth or implants must see a dentist before the CDT can begin treatment. CDTs refer patients to a dentist if they need a treatment plan or if the CDT is concerned about the patient’s oral health. Clinical dental technology builds on dental technology. As a CDT, you can also undertake the following if you are trained, competent and indemnified:
• prescribe and provide complete dentures direct to patients
• provide and fit other dental devices on prescription from a dentist
• take detailed dental history and relevant medical history
• perform technical and clinical procedures related to providing removable dental appliances
• carry out clinical examinations within their scope of practice
• take and process radiographs and other images related to providing removable dental appliances
• distinguish between normal and abnormal consequences of ageing
• give appropriate patient advice
• recognise abnormal oral mucosa and related underlying structures and refer patients to other healthcare professionals if necessary
• fit removable appliances
• provide sports mouth guards
• keep full, accurate and contemporaneous patient records
• vary the detail but not the direction of a prescription according to patient needs. Additional skills which CDTs could develop include: • oral health education • re-cementing crowns with temporary cement • providing anti-snoring devices on prescription of a dentist • removing sutures after the wound has been checked by a dentist • prescribing radiographs • replacing implant abutments for removable dental appliances on prescription from a dentist.
Clinical Dental Technician Mr Joe Gaeta GDC 121159
What is a Dental nurses role?
Dental nurses are registered dental professionals who provide clinical and other support to registrants and patients. As a dental nurse, you can undertake the following if you are trained, competent and indemnified: • 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 or laboratory • record dental charting and oral tissue assessment carried out by other registrants • 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 SCOPE OF PRACTICE 5 GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL Additional skills dental nurses could develop include:
• further skills in oral health education and oral health promotion • assisting in the treatment of patients who are under conscious sedation • further skills in assisting in the treatment
of patients with special needs • further skills in 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 another registrant. • 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 or a CDT (where appropriate) Dental nurses can apply fluoride varnish either on prescription from a dentist or direct as part of a structured dental health programme. Dental nurses do not diagnose disease or treatment plan. All other skills are reserved to one or more of the other registrant groups.
Registered Dental Nurse Mrs Hayley Gaeta GDC 126430