The Hygienist is a very important member of our team. They specialise in the treatment and prevention of gum diseases, which can cause teeth to be lost through the destruction of the supporting bone and soft tissues. They routinely clean teeth, monitor gum condition and offer advice on oral hygiene, diet and risk factors such as smoking.
If your dentist recommends an appointment with the hygienist it is because signs of gum problems have been diagnosed and you will benefit from the additional care that the hygienist can offer in both preventive advice and active treatment.
The Therapist is able to provide additional services to those stated above in that they are able to undertake simple fillings, recement crowns/bridges, extract/root treat deciduous teeth and take x-rays and impressions. Their role is expanding and it is envisaged that they will be able to undertake further treatments as their skills develop through assessed training.
If your dentist recommends an appointment with the Therapist it is because part or all of the care you require is deemed suitable for undertaking by the Therapist following assessment by the Dentist. In utilising skill mix and out sourcing simple procedures in this way, it frees up the Dentists time to undertake more assessments and complex procedures helping to reduce waiting times and improve practice efficiency ensuring that you recieve safe and timely care.