Dental Nurse Job Description 

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Dental nurses are registered dental professionals who provide clinical and other support to registrants and patients. As a dental nurse, you can undertake the following if you are trained, competent and indemnified:  

Prepare and maintain the clinical environment, including the equipment

Carry out infection prevention and control procedures to prevent physical, chemical and microbiological contamination in the surgery or laboratory

Record dental charting and oral tissue assessment carried out by other registrants

Prepare, mix and handle dental biomaterials

Provide chair-side support to the operator during treatment

Keep full, accurate and contemporaneous patient records

Prepare equipment, materials and patients for dental radiography 

Process dental radiographs 

Monitor, support and reassure patients 

Give appropriate patient advice 

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 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

Further skills in assisting in the treatment of orthodontic patients 

Intra and extra-oral photography 

Pouring, casting and trimming study models

Shade taking 

Tracing cephalographs 

Additional Skills carried out on prescription from, or under the direction of another registrant:  

Taking radiographs 

Placing rubber dam 

Measuring and recording plaque indices

Removing sutures after the wounds have been checked by a dentist 

Constructing occlusal registration rims and special trays 

Repairing the acrylic component of removable appliances 

Applying topical anaesthetic to the prescription of a dentist 

Constructing mouth guards 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 can apply fluoride varnish either on a prescription from a dentist or directly as part of a structured dental health programme. 

Dental nurses do not diagnose diseases or treatment plans. All other skills are reserved for one or more other registrant groups. 

Dental nurse salary

The average salary for a Dental Nurse is £25,633. Salaries estimates are based on 97 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Dental Nurse employees in London, UK.

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