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Dental therapist

You will do much of the straightforward work that a dentist is able to do without the need for a referral from a dentist.

Training and qualifications required

To practise as a dental therapist, you must obtain a degree or diploma in dental therapy and be registered on the General Dental Council’s (CDG) roll of dental therapists. To get on the course, you will need five GCSE subjects at grade A to C, plus two A-levels or a recognised qualification in dental nursing. You may also be required to have some experience of dental nursing before taking the course.

Expected working hours and salary range

Most dental therapists work standard NHS hours, which are likely to be around 37.5 a week. Your starting salary will be band 5 of the Agenda for Change pay rates.

Desirable skills and values

You will need to develop highly technical clinical skills. Dental therapists will often spend valuable time encouraging anxious patients to accept dental treatment which requires patience, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Prospects

Dental therapists with experience can progress to become orthodontic therapists or practice managers, or move into research or teaching roles. If you work in a dentist's practice, you will be able to work independently without the full responsibility of running the practice.
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