What is a CDT?
Clinical Dental Technicians (CDT’s) are registered Dental Care Professionals (DCP’s), who are regulated by the General Dental Council.
Qualifying as a clinical dental technician involves years of intensive study that exceeds dental technician’s training through additional modules in sciences, clinical skills and customer care. Their position allows them to offer patients direct treatment for the construction, repairing and fitting of removable dental appliances. Whilst dentists and clinical dental technicians work independently of each other, they may confer on treatments when it is in the best interest of the patient.
Whilst most commonly used by denture-wearers, clinical dental technicians can offer a range of services, including advice on oral health. Along with performing technical and clinical procedures for removable dental appliances, clinical dental technicians can carry out intensive clinical examinations to search for oral abnormalities and refer patients to other health care professionals where necessary.
The scope of practice for clinical dental technicians is specific to ensure the safety and well-being of patients. If you are a patient who feels that they are being provided with services outside the technician’s job description, it is important to report it to the correct authorities.
Qualified CDT’s have undertaken extensive training to be able to provide a range of denture products to the public.
The General Dental Council (GDC) is the UK-wide statutory regulator of just over 100,000 members of the dental team, including approximately 40,000 dentists and 60,000 dental care professionals. Our primary purpose is to protect patient safety and maintain public confidence in dental services. To achieve this, we register qualified dental professionals, set standards for the dental team, investigate complaints about dental professionals' fitness to practise, and work to ensure the quality of dental education.
In addition to the qualifications that Clinical Dental Technicians gain to be able to practice; BACDT have introduced a ‘Best Practice’ scheme for CDT Clinics; clinics that have achieved ‘Best Practice’ status have gone the extra mile to provide the ultimate patient experience in terms of a professional denture service and have voluntarily worked towards meeting the requirements of the Care Quality Commission.
In every profession there are individuals who go that extra mile to ensure that patients have the best service possible, the individuals are deservedly recognised at the national dental awards, whilst the Clinical Dental Technician of the Year award is a relative new comer to the dental profession; members of BACDT have been largely selected as finalists for this awards!