Dentists and Dental Health
As experts on dental and oral health problems dentists can treat – and help you to prevent – tooth decay, gum disease and injuries.
Dental hygienists will also help you to look after your teeth, and dental therapists, can carry out a range of treatments but also help those who might have a fear of going to the dentist.
Anyone who visits a dental hygienist or therapist must first be seen by a dentist, but these additional staff members help spread the dental workload by specialising in certain areas.
Hygienists will carry out procedures such as scaling and polishing, applying sealants, and sometimes teeth whitening.
Therapists can do fillings, pulp treatment, and extractions of baby teeth amongst other tasks.
Dental technicians are also on hand to make false teeth, crowns, bridges and braces for patients.
Finally, orthodontists will usually work on straightening or moving teeth using braces.
The answers to common questions about NHS dentists can be found here.
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