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Particulars of ordinary

Occupational profile:

Medical Dental Technicians (CDT) are Common Dental Council (GDC) registered dental professionals who present a whole dentures direct to sufferers and different dental gadgets resembling partial dentures to the prescription of a dentist.   The CDT position matches between that of a dental technician and a dentist.  Like a dental technician, they can make dentures in a laboratory however, in contrast to a dental technician, they’ve direct contact with sufferers.  Like a dentist, they can work within the mouth, taking impressions for the edentulous(1), dentate or affected person with implants.  Nonetheless, they aren’t in a position to prescribe to sufferers who’ve tooth and subsequently work to prescriptions from the dentist as required. The CDT examines, assesses, gives therapy, provides recommendation and designs, manufactures, modifies and repairs custom-made dental home equipment. Working as a part of the dental group, they refer endentulous sufferers to a dentist in the event that they want a therapy plan or if there are oral well being issues.   Sufferers with pure tooth or implants should see a dentist earlier than the CDT begins therapy. 

Day after day actions embrace:

  • assessing sufferers or contributing to affected person evaluation together with taking detailed dental and related medical historical past
  • treating acute oral circumstances together with prescribing and offering full dentures on to sufferers
  • responding to therapy plans and dealing carefully with affected person to establish the perfect resolution for them
  • offering and becoming full or partial dentures or different dental gadgets on prescription from a dentist
  • taking impressions, designing and/or manufacturing of a spread of dental gadgets
  • becoming, modifying and repairing a spread of dental gadgets
  • taking and processing radiographs or different pictures
  • advising and inspiring oral hygiene and care of dental gadgets

Entry necessities:

Particular person employers will set the choice standards for his or her apprentices.  You should be a GDC registered dental technician to do that apprenticeship.

Qualification necessities:

GDC accredited stage 5 qualification. Apprentices with out stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this stage previous to taking the end-point evaluation.

Skilled registration:

Medical Dental Technicians are statutorily regulated well being professionals.  They recognise and act inside the Common Dental Council (GDC) requirements, moral steerage, info governance and related legal guidelines.  On profitable completion of a suitable qualification the apprentice can apply to register with the GDC as a Medical Dental Technician.

Stage: 5

Length: Sometimes 24 months

Evaluate Date: After 3 years



You’ll be reliable, caring, trustworthy, accountable and dedicated

You’ll deal with folks with dignity and respect. You’ll work as a part of a group, having the braveness to problem areas of concern and dealing to proof primarily based finest apply. You’ll be dependable and constant, taking duty for the integrity of your individual actions and accomplished work.

  It is possible for you to to: You’ll know and perceive:
Care of the person

  • Deal with folks with dignity, respecting their selections, gaining legitimate consent for all therapies and respecting confidentiality. 
  • Put the sufferers’ pursuits first when taking medical choices, sustaining a caring method in direction of them.
  • Take detailed dental, social and medical historical past and hold full, correct and contemporaneous affected person information.
  • Perform medical examinations inside your scope of apply, recognising irregular oral mucosa(2) and associated underlying buildings and refer sufferers, the place mandatory.
  • Handle security, an infection management and decontamination dangers across the medical atmosphere and the dental laboratory consistent with present laws.
  • Carry out efficient affected person evaluation, analysis and therapy planning.
  • Exhibit efficient medical determination making.
  • Give acceptable affected person recommendation together with affected person referrals.
  • Present medical dental care as outlined in a therapy plan or prescription and plan the supply in essentially the most acceptable means.
  • Recognise and handle medical emergencies.

  • Laws, insurance policies and native methods of working associated to your position
  • What legitimate consent, responsibility of care, safeguarding, range, equality and inclusion imply and why they’re necessary
  • The wants of various affected person teams together with kids, adults, older folks and people with particular wants. 
  • Primary ideas of inhabitants well being, together with demographic, social, UK and worldwide oral well being developments, determinants and inequalities of well being and the way they’re measured.
  • why it is very important document and retailer info securely and confidentially
  • Methods to recognise abnormalities of the oral cavity, holistically and, when acceptable, elevate issues.
  • The vary of regular human buildings and capabilities with specific reference to oral illness and therapy.
  • The potential routes of transmission of infectious brokers, mechanisms for prevention of an infection, the scientific ideas of decontamination and disinfection and relevance to well being and security.
  • Your position within the substitute of misplaced tooth.
  • The ideas and apply of affected person evaluation in regard to dental gadgets and home equipment
  • Rules of an evidence-based method to studying, medical skilled apply and decision-making.
  • The necessity for extra advanced therapy and when to hunt acceptable recommendation from the dentist.
  • Affected person and public security together with related laws for dental radiography
  • The kinds of medical emergency which will come up and methods to handle them.

Dental prostheses

  • Carry out technical and medical dental procedures for offering detachable dental home equipment, together with assessing the affected person’s mouth and tissues, and discussing with them the vary of dentures or different detachable dental gadgets that will finest meet their wants
  • Take the suitable impressions, guaranteeing they’re match for goal
  • Design, manufacture and match biomechanically sound full or partial dentures, gadgets and home equipment for the oral cavity in line with prescription
  • Prescribe, present or match full or partial dentures, sports activities mouth guards or different dental gadgets together with utilizing the agreed procedures in design and manufacture of {custom} made gadgets
  • Advise the prescribing dentist on acceptable dental gadgets primarily based on dentist enter, whereas recognising oral limitations and their impact on gadgets. 
  • Consider the necessity for extra advanced therapy and search recommendation from the prescribing dentist.
  • Evaluate and high quality guarantee the gadgets from the medical standpoint, together with repairing or modifying {custom} made medical dental gadgets to satisfy the wants of the affected person. 
  • On the remaining becoming stage make sure that they’re match for goal and the affected person is conscious of take care of not solely their dentures or different oral gadgets however their mouth generally.  

  • Determine acceptable dental gadgets primarily based on personal diagnoses and/or dentist enter, whereas recognising oral limitations and their impact on gadgets; work with the affected person to make sure any tooth chosen are an acceptable color and design.
  • Processes for taking impressions together with chunk registration gadgets and use this info when making up the following stage of denture building.
  • Methods to match or present a spread of gadgets and home equipment for the oral cavity in line with prescription together with full or partial dentures, sports activities guards and different prescribed dental gadgets
  • How the procedures you employ in design and manufacture of custom-made gadgets; dentures, crowns, bridges, orthodontic (together with CAD/ CAM & IT Options and the complexity of the denture attachment) affect the medical relationship the system has with the affected person’s mouth and current tooth. Know and perceive the how using CAD/CAM, IT options and rising 3D Know-how could also be of use in equipment planning.
  • The restrictions of your individual position in relation to prescribing, becoming and offering dental gadgets together with full or partial dentures, sports activities mouth guards and different home equipment, together with when you may solely perform actions primarily based on a prescription from a dentist.
  • How design of gadgets contributes to restoration of performance and oral well being, together with the potential biomechanical results within the mouth brought on by deciding on and utilizing totally different supplies for {custom} made dental gadgets.
  • Methods to judge sufferers altering necessities and when to hunt recommendation or refer sufferers to the prescribing dentist
  • High quality assurance processes; restore or modify a spread of dental gadgets consistent with the suitable Medical Machine Directive
  • Supply of oral well being care and preventive info to encourage self-care and motivation.


  • Because the clinician answerable for the affected person talk successfully with and about sufferers, their representatives and the dental group. 
  • Deal with complaints successfully and inside GDC tips.
  • Work as a part of group, sustaining networks with colleagues and different professionals. 
  • Be prepared to provide and obtain efficient and constructive suggestions throughout the dental group.

  • A variety of strategies of speaking with people throughout the age vary together with test you have got been understood, obstacles to communication and methods to beat them.
  • Your position in communication with sufferers and wider group, together with the significance of confidentiality
  • GDC Pointers for Dealing with complaints
  • your position as a part of the dental and wider multi-disciplinary group
  • your position in administration, training and management
  • when to refer or escalate if one thing is outdoors of your scope of apply or expertise

Skilled improvement

  • Handle your individual time, assets and private behaviour together with being proactive in your individual improvement

  • Business requirements, tips and GDC compliance necessities regarding your position, why it is very important decide to lifelong studying;  use a Private Growth Plan and private reflection as a method of steady enchancment

1. Endentulous: Toothless, having misplaced the pure tooth.

2. Mucosa: a mucous membrane


Regulated commonplace

This can be a regulated occupation.

Regulator physique:

Common Dental Council.

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