A growing number of states and tribal communities are allowing dentists to employ dental therapists to help meet the need for routine dental care.
Dental therapists are midlevel providers, similar to physician assistants in medicine, whom dentists hire to extend quality care to more patients, expand their practices, and deliver treatment to underserved populations. They can also bring care directly to community settings such as schools or nursing homes under the supervision of a dentist. Dental therapists provide preventive and routine restorative care, such as filling cavities, placing temporary crowns, and extracting severely diseased or loose teeth.
Midlevel providers will help dentists deliver care to more underserved residents statewide
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