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Frequently asked questions to a Dentist York

What is a Dental Hygienist?

The dental hygienist is a significant member of the dental team whose role in patient care is becoming increasingly important. Patients are usually referred to the hygienist by their dentist. Hygienists help to treat and prevent gum disease by scaling and polishing teeth. They also advise patients how to care for their teeth through the use of various products such as toothbrushes, floss, interdental brushes, tongue scrapers and give advice on a healthy diet.

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What is a dental technician?

The dental technician is a very important part of the dental team. They produce crowns, veneers, dentures, bleaching trays, gum shields and some orthodontic appliances from impressions and written instructions from a dentist.

Most technicians work in privately owned dental laboratories but some work in hospitals, general dental practices, the community dental service and the armed forces.

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What is a dental therapist?

Dental therapists can carry out the following treatments with appropriate training:

  • Scale and polish teeth
  • Apply materials to teeth such as fluoride and fissure sealants
  • Take dental radiographs
  • Provide dental health education on a one to one basis or in a group situation
  • Routine restorations in both deciduous and permanent teeth, on adults and children,
  • Treat adults as well as children
  • Extract baby teeth under local analgesia
  • Placement of pre-formed crowns on deciduous teeth.
  • Emergency temporary replacement of crowns and fillings.
  • Take impressions.
  • Treat patients under conscious sedation provided the dentist remains in the surgery throughout the treatment.

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