To be a Dental Therapist you will need to have completed a dental therapy qualification to be able to carry out basic clinical work under the direction of a Dentist. You may perform treatments such as extraction, polishing of the teeth, replacing filings etc and you will do this in support of a qualified dentist.
You will need excellent communication skills to be able to talk to patients and put them at ease as a lot of people do not like to go to the dentist.
Dental therapists salaries can be between £21,200 and £27,500 a year. Experienced therapists can earn around £35,000 a year. Earnings would be even higher with management skills and other qualifications.
If you have found a role that you would like to apply for, please see the below covering letter as an example:
Dental Therapist Cover Letter
Mr. A. Employee
1, My House
Mrs. A. Manager
Application for the role of Dental Therapist
I would like to apply for the role of Dental Therapist which you have got advertised in (where) and (when).
I graduated from university after doing Dental Therapy (degree, what and when from which university) and I have since done some work experience at a local dental practice. I have now relocated to a new area and I am seeking a role as Dental Therapist.
I have always had a keen interest in Science and teeth and wanted to pursue a career as a dental therapist. I have done a lot of work experience and training since my degree and feel that I have got a good view of the role and what it entails. I am now keen to do the role for myself and support a qualified Dentist in his or her role.
I am an excellent communicator and feel that I have a kind and caring nature to put people at ease. I pay great attention to detail in my work and like to ensure that I am always accurate,
I have enclosed my CV for your consideration. If you have any questions about my skills please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and CV.