Dental Therapist

A dental therapist is an oral health care professional who performs many of the same services as a dental hygienist and a dentist. According to thejobhelper.com dental therapists normally work as governmental employees and work in un-populated areas providing dental services to those who are not normally able to travel to a traditional dentist's office.

A dental therapist completes services ranging from teeth cleaning taking x-rays and providing oral health advice and screening. However they can also complete more complex procedures such as filling cavities pulling teeth and fixing or placing crowns. Dental therapists are limited in the services they are allowed to provide. For example they normally do not complete root canals or other more complicated procedures.  Find a career in dentististry.

Dental therapists sometimes seek the advice or guidance of a dentist but are not required to work directly under a dentist to perform routine services. Dental therapists do not attend dental school nor are they are doctors. The required education for a dental therapist is a two-year degree program and a license.

Ehow.com states that the average salary for a dental therapist is more than what a dental hygienist would make but less than what an official dentist would make. The salary range is between $50000 and $68000 per year and the exact amount depends heavily on where in the country they are working and the specific level of services they provide to their patients.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $59000
High Salary: $68000
Low Salary: $50000
Tasks: Performs as a dentist.
Works in rural areas.
Cleans teeth and fills cavities.
Promotes oral/dental health.
Also Called: Oral Health Practitioner
Dental Health Practitioner
Dental Care Professional
Dental Care Practitioner
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