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What is a CDT

In gaining the Dip HE at the University of Central Lancashire, Darren has taken part in an intensive program of study, to enhance his existing abilities as a dental care professional. This included extensive research and analysis in science, clinical skills and customer care.

As defined by the General Dental Council, a Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) is a registered dental professional who provides complete dentures direct to patients and other dental devices on prescription from a dentist. They are also qualified dental technicians. Patients with natural teeth or implants must see a dentist before the CDT can begin treatment. CDTs refer patients to a dentist if they need a treatment plan or if the CDT is concerned about the patient’s oral health. Clinical dental technology builds on dental technology. CDTs also

  • Take detailed dental history and relevant medical history
  • Perform technical and clinical procedures related to providing removable dental appliances
  • Carry out clinical examinations
  • Take and process radiographs and other images related to providing removable dental appliances
  • Distinguish between normal and abnormal consequences of ageing
  • Recognise abnormal oral mucosa and related underlying structures and refer patients to other healthcare professionals if necessary
  • Fit removable appliances
  • Give appropriate advice to patients Additional skills which CDTs could develop during their career include:
    • Oral health education
    • Providing sports mouth guards
    • Re-cementing crowns with temporary cement
    • Providing anti-snoring devices on prescription of a dentist
    • Removing sutures after the wound has been checked by a dentist
    • CDTs do not provide treatment for patients as described under the sections for hygienists, therapists, orthodontic therapists or dentists, as the skills set out are reserved to the relevant groups.
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