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When you visit the dentist, you’ll be sure to come across various dental care professionals.

If you’ve ever wondered what they do, this article’s for you!

Let’s take a look at some different dental care roles so that next time you have an appointment, you know who’s who.


Your dentist is a highly skilled professional — it takes a whole five years of training to qualify so they really know their stuff!

A dentist will assess, diagnose and treat issues to do with the teeth and gums, and the scope of their role is very wide.

On a single day, they may carry out routine check-upstreat gum infections or provide cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening.

They can also offer restorative services, such as providing crowns and bridges, and perform minor surgery, like removing teeth.

Dental nurse

A dental nurse supports the work of the dentist — in fact, your dentist couldn’t carry out your treatment without their help.

The role of the dental nurse includes making patient records and taking notes, assisting the dentist while they are treating you and sterilising and maintaining dental equipment.

They are also great at answering any questions you may have about your experience and providing help and reassurance.

Dental hygienist

Hygienists play an important role in helping you to maintain your dental health. One of their main aims is to prevent decay and disease, so you can see that they are a vital part of the dental team.

Your hygienist can show you how to take care of your teeth and gums at home, advising on things like brushing technique, the right way to floss and following a tooth-friendly diet.

They also carry out procedures to keep your teeth and gums in great condition, including scaling and polishing your teeth and applying fluoride and sealants to prevent decay.

Dental prosthetist

You may not meet a dental prosthetist at your appointment but know that this is a vital “behind the scenes” role.

Their job is to make dental appliances, including dentures and mouthguards to protect your teeth if you play sports or if you have a tendency to grind them, especially at night.

These devices are made to fit your mouth exactly and can help restore your looks and function. As you can see, it’s a critical role that requires a high level of skills and an eye for detail.

Dental receptionist

No dental care job roles description would be complete without mentioning dental receptionists.

They are the friendly face of every dental practice and the first person you speak to when you call to make an appointment or arrive on the day.

As well as making patient appointments, their role involves organising specialist referrals, preparing bills, liaising with insurance companies, taking payments and keeping the reception area clean, tidy and professional-looking.

Come and meet our dental care professionals!

When you visit the dentist, your dental care is provided by a whole team of professionals. Each has a different but vital role to play in your appointment.

Now that you know a little more about what they do, it will make your next visit easier and more enjoyable.

Why not come and meet the dental care professionals here at Opal Dental? If you’re due for a check-up or have any other dental issue concerning you, just give us a call or make an online booking.

Our friendly team serves patients in the West Auckland area… and we’re here just waiting for your call!

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