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Meet our dental team

All dental practitioners are members of a dental team. Queensland Health employs a range of oral health staff to deliver oral health care to eligible patients. The composition of teams may vary between clinics. Teams generally consist of the following staff.

Dentist

Dentists provide a full range of general dental services to patients of all ages in a variety of settings. They provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and preventive services to patients of all ages.

Dentists working for Queensland Health may also be employed in 'clinical team leader' roles where they lead the work of the team and mentor junior team members. Dentists are registered dental practitioners with the Dental Board of Australia.

Dental Specialist

Dental Specialists are dentists who have completed further study to 'specialise' in a particular area of dentistry such as endodontics, oral pathology and oral medicine, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics. Dental Specialists are registered dental practitioners with the Dental Board of Australia.

Oral Health Therapist

Oral Health Therapists are dual qualified as a dental therapist and dental hygienist. Oral health therapists provide oral health assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and preventive services for children and adolescents. If educated and trained in a program of study approved by the National Board, oral health therapists provide these services for adults of all ages. Oral health therapists provide dental hygiene services to patients of all ages.

Oral Health Therapists are also qualified to lead individual, group and community oral health promotion strategies. Oral Health Therapists are registered dental practitioners with the Dental Board of Australia.

Dental Therapist

Dental therapists provide oral health assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and preventive services for children and adolescents. If educated and trained in a program of study approved by the National Board, dental therapists provide these services for adults of all ages. Dental therapists are registered dental practitioners with the Dental Board of Australia.

Dental Prosthetist

Dental Prosthetists are dental technicians who have completed further studies to enable them to work directly with patients for the construction and maintenance of removal prosthetic appliances (such as dentures and mouthguards). Dental Prosthetists are registered dental practitioners with the Dental Board of Australia.

Dental Technician

Dental technicians perform the technical laboratory tasks involved in the fabrication of prosthetic appliances such as dentures (false teeth) and other appliances including crowns, bridges and mouthguards. Dental Technicians are not registered dental practitioners.

Dental Assistant

Dental assistants provide clinical support to other dental team members (dentists, dental specialists, oral health therapists, dental therapists and dental prosthetists) in providing care to patients. Dental assistants may have additional qualifications, skills and experience to enable them to take dental radiographs (x-rays) and provide health promotion and preventive advice to patients. Dental assistants are not registered dental practitioners.

Administration Officer

Administration Officers are critical to the smooth functioning of oral health facilities within Queensland Health. Administration Officers are responsible for scheduling and confirming appointments, patient record maintenance and in ensuring patients are made to feel welcome at their first point of telephone or face-to-face contact with our service.

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Last updated: 5 April 2019