OFO No: 321403
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What is a Dental Therapist?
A Dental Therapist offers basic dental services and preventative dentistry. They would refer more complicated procedures and treatments to a dentist.
Dental Therapists may not practise independently unless they have practised for at least one year under the control and supervision of a qualified dentist.
Dental Therapists can work in the public or private sector – they usually work in clinics and may visit schools.
What does a Dental Therapist do?
- carries out dental examinations and diagnoses
- plans treatments and procedures
- refer sserious conditions to dentists or orthodontists
- performs simple extractions, fillings, flossing and scaling
- cleans and polishes
- takes X-rays
- treats gum disease
- performs preventative measures against the more common oral/gum diseases
- educates patients on up-to-date oral health and hygiene
Are you . . . ?
- interested in dentistry?
- a person with good judgement?
- a peoples’ person?
- service driven?
- a person with good hand-eye co-ordination?
- able to perform detailed work accurately?
- a person with good eye sight?
- a person with good 3-D/special skills?
How do I become a Dental Therapist?
Bachelor of Dental Therapy degree
- University of KZN
- University of Limpopo
- University of Pretoria
- 1 year internship after completion of degree under supervision of a Dentist or Senior Dental Therapist
- Designation: Awarded by the HPCSA. Only registered members can use the title Dental Therapist
- CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
- Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
- To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.
- SADA: South African Dental Association
- HPCSA: Health Professions Council of South Africa
Is becoming a Dental Therapist the right career choice for me?