FAQs

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What is a dental therapist?

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A dental therapist is a member of the dental team, providing preventive, restorative and educational services.

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What procedures can a dental therapist provide?

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The scope of practice varies by state. Please refer to the "About" tab for information on each state.

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Can dental therapists work independently?

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Many dental therapists are able to practice under the general supervision of a dentist. Dental therapists cannot work without collaboration with a dentist.

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How is a dental therapist trained?

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Training varies by state. Please refer to the "About" tab for specific information about each training program. CODA (link: ada.org/~/media/coda/files/dt.ashx) standards for dental therapy programs has been established as of February 2015.

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How long have dental therapists been practicing?

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In the United States, Alaska dental therapists were the first to begin practicing, with the first class graduating in 2005. Worldwide, dental therapists have been practicing for over 100 years years and practice in 52 countries.