Dental Therapy

The diploma in Dental Therapy is intended for registered dental hygienists wishing to develop their theoretical and practical experience in restorative treatments.

The Dental Therapy Diploma is a part-time programme completed over two years (2 consecutive days a week).

Scope of practice

In addition to the roles of a dental hygienist, dental therapists also work on primary teeth to:

  • Carry out pulpotomies
  • Extract teeth
  • Vary patients' prescriptions
  • Place pre-formed crowns
  • Carry out direct restorations on both primary and secondary teeth


Scope of practice (PDF)

Undergraduate study

You will treat a diverse range of patients with varied social and dental needs based in a variety of clinical settings in the Bristol Dental Hospital and the recently opened South Bristol Community Hospital.

Application deadline
31 October 2015

The programme is well organised and delivered by dedicated and supportive staff in facilities that are second to none.

Rhiannon Jones, DCP Student

Career prospects

Dental therapists go on to work in:
  • General Dental Practice
  • Community and Primary Dental Care Services
  • Research posts
  • Health promotion
  • Lecture posts
  • Positions overseas

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