Dental Hygienist, Technician and Therapist

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists provide supportive dental services in preventative and restorative dental procedures, and construct and repair dental appliances.

Overview

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists provide supportive dental services in preventative and restorative dental procedures, and construct and repair dental appliances.

Day-to-day

  • 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.

Occupation snapshot
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Not available
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Dental Hygienist, Technician and Therapist

  • You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as a Dental Hygienist, Technician or Therapist. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

    Find a Certificate in Dental or Dental Laboratory Assisting

  • Registration or licencing may be required.

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