Dental Team: Know Before You Go -- A Patient’s Guide to the Dental Office
This two-page handout educates people about the roles of the dentist and the other members of the dental team. It explains that a licensed dentist is educated and authorized to diagnose oral health problems, plan treatment, and prescribe medication, and may delegate some phases of dental treatment to other members of the dental team. It defines the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA), identifies the three categories of dental hygienist and the three categories of dental assistant, and describes the work of the dental laboratory technician and the office manager/patient care coordinator.
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