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Dental therapists

OaSIS code 32111.02

Dental therapists provide limited restorative dental treatment in addition to dental hygiene services.

Overview

Also known as

  • Dental therapist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Perform routine dental check-ups, oral cancer examinations and emergency dental examinations
  • Take dental impressions
  • Take and develop X-rays
  • Perform preventative dental procedures such as teeth cleaning, gum stimulation and fluoride and sealant applications
  • Provide oral care instructions such as oral hygiene procedures, strategies to maintain and improve oral health and on the impact of nutrition on oral health
  • Perform routine teeth restorations and uncomplicated extractions and provide post extraction oral care instructions
  • Refer patients to other dental professionals for care beyond the scope of the dental therapist
  • Provide oral health promotion activities
  • May supervise dental assistants in their health care functions.

Additional information

No data has been provided for this section.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Dentists (31110)
  • Denturists (32110)
  • Dental technologists and technicians (32112)
  • Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants (33100)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Sub-major group

321 – Technical occupations in health (except practitioners of natural healing)

Minor group

3211 – Technical occupations in dental health care

Unit group

32111 – Dental hygienists and dental therapists

Occupational profile

32111.02 – Dental therapists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
4 - High Level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
5 - Extremely important
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously

Workplaces/employers

  • Federal government dental service establishment
  • Provincial or territorial government dental service establishment

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Finger Dexterity
5 - Highest Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
4 - High Level
Manual Dexterity
4 - High Level
Near Vision
4 - High Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Management of Material Resources
4 - High Level
Monitoring
4 - High Level
Social Perceptiveness
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important