The traditional dental team will consist of a dentist, a hygienist, one or more dental assistants and one or more receptionists.
Dentists and certified dental specialists are highly trained, skilled professionals, and are the leaders of the dental team within a dental office. The dentist is the only member of the dental team qualified to diagnose and treat dental disease and will perform many familiar procedures.
Dental hygienists are trained in oral hygiene procedures which they may undertake in the dental office as directed by the dentist, including:
Dental assistants assist the dentist while the dentist is treating the patient. Dental Assistants who are certified with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC may be directed by the dentist to carry out certain procedures on patients, including:
Office managers and receptionists are vital members of the dental team and are the "face and smile" of the office. They schedule patients, look after website content, do electronic billing, manage charts and month-end reports, and assist patients with dental insurance claim forms.