Hiring a Dental Therapist or Advanced Dental Therapist

Enhancing Your Oral Health Care Team


The purpose of this website is to answer the most commonly asked questions that dentists—as potential employers—have when considering what it would take to include a licensed dental therapist (DT) as part of their practice team, regardless of whether their clinic is located in a remote rural area, a densely populated inner-city area, or a suburban community. The website provides information including the dental therapist’s educational background, the difference between a dental therapist and an advanced dental therapist (ADT), liability, billing implications for a dental practice, and how patients and existing staff may regard this new type of dental professional.

Watch the videos below and explore the information on all these topics using the buttons to the left.



Dedicated to the memory of Patricia Glasrud, RDH, MPH