What is a Restorative Dental Hygienist? A Look at the Career

A restorative dental hygienist in a dentist's office

Restorative dental hygiene plays an important role in providing quality dental healthcare. It is a practice designed to provide optimal oral healthcare and correct dental issues in people of all ages. Because of this, restorative dental hygienists have become paramount professionals in dental offices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. 

The work of restorative dental hygienists can bring back the smile (and confidence) to the faces of people that once suffered from dental issues. If you’re interested in this career path, read on to learn more about restorative dental hygienists and their responsibilities.

Who Is a Restorative Dental Hygienist

Restorative dental hygienists offer traditional dental hygiene care and support and help patients needing dental restorative services. They are required to work closely with dentists in providing dental care and rehabilitation services to patients who suffer from cavities, misaligned/decayed teeth, or any other form of dental issues. With the right restorative dental hygiene training, these professionals can assist with several restorative-focused dental procedures, such as bridges, crowns, and filings.

A restorative dental hygienist assisting a dentist during a procedure
Restorative dental hygienists work closely with dentists

How to Become a Restorative Dental Hygienist

A restorative dental hygienist must have undergone formal training in the dental hygiene field. They work in dental practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities after completing an accredited dental hygiene program. 

They can further their professional development by acquiring additional training/education in dental restorative services. One such training program is the restorative dental hygiene program at the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Community Sciences.

Students admitted to the 22-week Restorative Hygiene Program must be registered with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO). Our program allows students to learn inside and outside the classroom, preparing them for the working world.

A restorative dental hygienist talking to a patient about good dental hygiene
A restorative dental hygienist can also provide oral health education to patients

What Does a Restorative Dental Hygienist Do

A restorative dental hygienist conducts extensive dental assessments on patients to establish dental issues like cavities, gum diseases, and more. They often perform X-rays on patients to uncover dental problems that do not necessarily show up on regular exams.

Further, they assist the dentist in performing several restorative procedures on patients, including bridges, crowns, and fillings. They will be called to place, finish, or remove the restorative material.

In addition, they can also provide oral health education to patients and introduce them to such hygienic dental practices as regular brushing, and flossing. They’ll also advise patients on the best possible treatment plans and post-procedural regimen to follow.

They may also be called to insert and wrap up cavity liners, composite resin, matrix bands, sealants, amalgam, and other dental restorative elements or implants, and they also help remove plaque, tartar, and other temporary/permanent stains on the teeth.

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