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Dental Therapists & Advanced Dental Therapists

Background and Updates on Implementation

Minnesota has become the first state to establish licensure of Dental Therapists. The Dental Therapist (DT) is a mid-level provider with distinct educational, examination, and practice requirements.

Licenses may be granted in Dental Therapy, permitting a prescribed scope of practice to be performed under either the GENERAL or INDIRECT supervision of a licensed dentist. With additional education and testing, a Dental Therapist may be eligible for certification as an Advanced Dental Therapist (ADT), permitting many functions to be delegated under GENERAL supervision. The delegation of duties is governed under a Collaborative Management Agreement, essentially a contract between the supervising dentist and the Dental Therapist or Advanced Dental Therapist. This agreement may further limit the procedures that an individual DT or ADT may perform.

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