Our dental nurses work closely with other members  of the dental team in all aspects of patient   care. This includes getting instruments ready, sterilising instruments, mixing   materials, taking notes and ensuring patients are comfortable.

Scope of Practice of a Dental Nurse

  • prepare and maintain the clinical environment, including the equipment
  • carry out infection-control procedures yo prevent physical, chemical and microbiological contamination in the surgery or laboratory
  • record dental charting carried out by other appropriate registrants
  • prepare, mix and handle dental materials
  • provide chairside support to the operator during treatment
  • keep full and accurate patient records
  • prepare equipment, materials and patients for dental radiography
  • process dental radiographs
  • monitor, support and reassure patients
  • give appropriate advice to patients
  • support the patient and their colleagues if there is a medical emergency
  • make appropriate referrals to other health professionals

 

Additional skills dental nurses could    develop during their careers include

  • further skills in oral health education and oral health promotion
  • assisting in the treatment of patients who are under conscious sedation
  • further skills in assisting in the treatment of patients with special needs
  • intra-oral photography
  • shade taking
  • placing rubber dam
  • measuring and recording plaque indices
  • pouring, casting and trimming study models
  • removing sutures after the wound as been checked by a dentist
  • applying fluoride varnish as part of a programme which is overseen by a consultant in dental public health or a registered specialist in dental public health
  • constructing occlusal registration rims and special trays
  • pairing the acrylic component of removable appliances
  • tracing cephalographs

 

Additional skills on prescription

  • taking radiographs to the prescription of a dentist
  • applying topical anaesthetic to the prescription of a dentist
  • constructing mouthguards and bleaching trays to the prescription of    a dentist
  • constructing vacuum formed retainers to the prescription of a dentist
  • taking impressions to the prescription of a dentist or a CDT (where appropriate)

Dental nurses do not diagnose disease or treatment plan. All other skills are reserved to one or more of the other registrant groups.

For Appointments:

Tel: 01706 835 800

E-mail: info@denpoint.com

 

Our Address:

Denpoint Dental Care
9-11 Bacup Road
Rawtenstall
Rossendale
BB4 7NG

 

You can also use our contact form.

 

Opening hours:

Monday       : 8.00am - 5.30pm

Tuesday      : 8.00am - 7.00pm

Wednesday : 9.00am - 5.30pm

Thursday     : 8.00am - 5.30pm

Friday          : 8.00am - 5.30pm

Closed Bank Holidays 

 

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