What they do
Dental therapists diagnose dental decay and gum disease in children and adults, under the supervision of a dentist. They are also involved in oral health education with children, parents and the community. They perform routine dental treatment under the supervision of a dentist, including examination, cleaning, scaling and filling cavities. They also may take x-rays and take impressions for mouth guards. They refer more complex dental problems to the dentist.
Dental therapists work normal working hours, Monday to Friday. Dental therapists employed in the public sector may have to relocate to a regional area.
Tools and technologies
Dental therapists typically use x-ray equipment and a variety of hand-powered tools specially designed for teeth, for example drills and polishers.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a dental therapist you usually need to study a degree in oral health.
Curtin University offers a Bachelor of Science (Oral Health Therapy). Contact the university for more information.
Required registration and licensing
To work as a dental therapist in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Dental Board of Australia.