The scope of your practice

​This guidance sets out the skills and abilities each registrant group should have. It is not a list of tasks that someone can do. Your scope of practice is likely to change over the course of your career, both because of changes in the technology of dentistry, and your further training and development.

​​The guidance also describes additional skills that you might develop after registration to increase your scope of practice. You may expand your scope by developing additional skills, or you may deepen your knowledge of a particular area by choosing more specialised practice. You should only carry out a task or type of treatment or make decisions about a patient’s care if you are sure that you have the necessary skills and are appropriately trained, competent and indemnified. If a task, type of treatment or decision is outside your scope of practice or you do not feel that you are trained and competent to do it you must refer the patient to an appropriately trained colleague. You must practise in accordance with the Council’s standards document ‘Standards for the Dental Team’ at all times.​

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