CP Dental pride ourselves in offering the highest standard of health care, catering for our patients dental needs from the first baby tooth and beyond. Our clinical team is made up of dentists, oral health therapists and hygienists all of whom have valuable clinical skills and expertise which benefit our patients.
Dentists, therapists and hygienists all undergo extensive university training which includes theory and practical training. They maintain the highest level of knowledge and clinical skills through continuing education programmes. Continuing professional development (CPD) is mandated by the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency and ongoing registration is dependent on it.
We are often asked what is a Hygienist and what is an Oral Health Therapist and what is the difference?
A Dental Hygienist is a qualified practitioner, registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), who’s practice is aimed at preventive procedures and oral hygiene services. In addition to performing dental cleaning, periodontal cleaning and other preventive procedures they are qualified and licensed to take x-rays to help diagnose dental problems, administer local anaesthetic for cleaning procedures if required and take dental impressions.
Oral Health Therapists are dually qualified Dental Therapists and Dental Hygienists and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in both disciplines. Oral Health Therapists provide dental therapy services to children and adolescents, and dental hygiene services to clients of all ages.
Our Oral Health Therapists are equipped with special skills and have particular expertise in treating children and adolescents. They are experienced in many aspects of general dentistry for children and are competent practitioners who work without the supervision or instruction from a dentist.
Oral Health Therapists can perform procedures including:
- Preventive cleaning and oral hygiene procedures on patients of all ages
- Conducting dental examinations and diagnosis of conditions in children and adolescents
- Taking X rays of teeth
- Performing restorations (fillings) on children and adolescents
- Extracting deciduous (baby) teeth using local anaesthetic where required
- Taking dental impressions