Dental therapy clinical training and education programs are set by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), the same agency that accredits all dental training and education programs.
CODA requires dental therapists to have at least 3 academic years of study. Three academic years to learn roughly 80 procedures. Dental school is 4 years of training. Four years to learn over 430 procedures. Dental therapists are well trained to perform the procedures allowed within their limited scope.
- Dental therapists are part of a dental team, working with dentists, dental hygienists, and part of the dental team, with dental assistants and hygienists
- Dental therapists help dentist be more versatile, expand the reach of their practice, and see different kinds of patients at the same time OR
- Dental therapists can perform many of the most commonly needed routine procedures. This frees up dentists to work with patients who have more complex needs and on the more complicated procedures.
- Dental therapists receive rigorous classroom and clinical training