Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists provide supportive dental services in preventative and restorative dental procedures, and construct and repair dental appliances.
An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed, with three in five workers having a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing is also required.
- providing educational programs to motivate children, parents and the community in matters relating to oral health
- providing fluoride therapy by applying remineralising solutions and desensitising agents
- removing deposits from teeth
- applying non-invasive fissure sealants to teeth
- taking impressions of the mouth
- taking dental radiographs
- administering local anaesthesia by infiltration and mandibular nerve block
- fabricating full and partial dentures
- constructing mouth guards, crowns, metal clasps, inlays, bridgework and other aids
- repairing and relining denture bases
- Dental Hygienist
- Dental Prosthetist
- Dental Technician
- Dental Therapist
Carries out preventative dental procedures under the direction of a Dentist. Registration or licensing is required.
Dental Prosthetist (also called Clinical Dental Technician)
Designs, constructs, repairs and fits dentures and mouthguards. Registration or licensing is required.
Constructs and repairs dentures and other dental appliances. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Dental Laboratory Assistant
Examines and treats diseases of the teeth in preschool, primary and secondary school children under the general supervision of a Dentist. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Oral Health Therapist