What is a Clinical Dental Technician?
Clinical Dental Technicians are registered Dental Care Professionals (DCP's), who are trained and qualified to provide a range of denture services direct to patients – services that were previously only available through your Dentist. With many years' experience working as Dental Technicians, CDT's have the advanced technical and clinical skills needed to carefully design and hand-craft every denture to the individual requirements of the patient.
You will find CDT's working as part of a multi-disciplinary team within dental practices, or operating from their own independent denture clinic. Clinical Dental Technicians have to undergo rigorous training and evaluation. Every Clinical Dental Technician listed on dentures.org.uk has the credentials, qualifications and registration with the General Dental Council that allows them to work directly with patients.
What will my appointment with a Clinical Dental Technician involve?
Patients who have experienced total tooth loss can be treated by a Clinical Dental Technician directly who will make and fit their complete dentures. However, if you need partial dentures or you have dental implants or some of your own natural teeth remaining, you must first be seen by a Dentist before a CDT can begin your treatment. Your CDT will advise you at your initial consultation.
Your Clinical Dental Technician will describe the different types of dentures available and the technical procedures involved so you can make an informed choice about the treatment you receive. Together, you and your CDT can then decide upon the right solution for you.
In order to create a detailed treatment plan that is tailored to your needs, your CDT will undertake a detailed clinical evaluation and may refer you to a Dentist or Implant Dentist.
The CDT may undertake one or all of the following:
- Investigate your dental and medical history in full
- Take x-rays and photographic images of your mouth
- Distinguish between normal and abnormal effects of aging, especially relating to tooth loss
- Make referrals to other dental professionals where necessary
- Advise you on how to take care of your dentures and achieve optimum oral health
I'm a partial denture wearer. Why would I need to see a Dentist as well?
To plan your treatment correctly your CDT together with the Dentist will need to consider any possible complications that might require treatment now and in the future. Together the Dentist and CDT would also consider what dental treatment may be needed to prepare your mouth for a new partial denture.
You may have gum disease present and this may have a bearing on a new partial denture
- They will discuss findings from any dental x-rays
- They will consider your previous dental history
- They will agree which of your remaining natural teeth can be used to retain your denture and which type of partial denture design would be best for you.