At CP Dental we pride ourselves on offering the highest standard of dental health care for our patients 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.
All dental professionals 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 who is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). A dental hygienist’s practice is aimed at preventive procedures and oral hygiene services. As well as performing dental and periodontal cleaning, and other preventive procedures they are qualified and licensed to take x-rays, administer local anaesthetic and take dental impressions.
Oral Health Therapist
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. As a result they offer general dental services for children and work independently without 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