The role of the Clinical Dental Technician
The role of Mark our Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) sits somewhere between that of a dentist who would usually take the patient’s impressions, and that of a dental technician who would receive the impressions from a dentist and then make the dentures (usually for patients they have never actually seen themselves). The CDT does both roles, takes the impression and makes and fits the dentures. To construct aesthetically pleasing dentures with comfort and function is one of the hardest tasks in dentistry. We are not only replacing lost teeth, but also compensating for bone loss and very often sunken facial profiles, which can age patients up to 10 years prematurely. Careful, calculated consideration of each individual’s anatomy is essential for outstanding results to be gained in this delicate area.
Mark our Registered CDT is legally qualified to give oral examinations and to check that the mouth is in a healthy state, along with the taking of impressions of the edentulous mouth (no teeth) which enables the production of high quality dentures. During your first consultation Mark will undertake a detailed evaluation, enabling us to create a detailed treatment plan just for you. This may include:
- Taking details about your dental and medical history
- Photographic images and X-rays of your mouth in conjunction with your dentist
- Full clinical assessment and oral examination of current oral health, including natural tooth loss
- Advice on helping you achieve optimum oral health
We will then run through the different types of dentures available and procedures involved, along with costs so you can make an informed choice about the treatment you receive. Then either at this stage or at a later date you and Mark your Clinical Dental Technician can then decide on the right plan of action.
When your dentist has a tricky job that he doesn't want to do, he is able to send you over to us. This generally happens from the local area, of Leicestershire, although we have seen patients from further afield. Your general dental practitioner puts you in touch with us, and then we can carry out the work. You’re only referred to us upon request by the general dental practitioner.