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Direct Access 

Direct Access at Brundholme Dental Practice Ltd

You may have been directed you to this page because you have a Direct Access Appointment to see a Dental Care Professional (DCP) without first seeing a dentist. Prior to your appointment, we must ensure you know the DCP* you will see is a trained professional with a wide skill set, but not a dentist.

*Dental Care Professionals will be referred to as DCPs on this web-page. 

DCPs that you may see under Direct Access with us at Brundholme Dental Practice Ltd are:

  • Dental nurse
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental therapist
What is Direct Access?
Brundholme Dental Practice Ltd has introduced Direct Access arrangements that allow patients to see a qualified, indemnified DCP without the need to see a dentist first for any treatments outlined in this web page within their scope of practice.
Our DCP will advise you to see a dentist if they have any concerns relating to your oral health that is outside their scope of practice or if they consider it inappropriate to commence treatment. 
You may want to access fluoride varnish treatments with a dental nurse, a hygienist for scale and polishes, or access a dental therapist for examinations, scale and polishes, lost fillings or just some advice. 

More information on direct access can be found here:


What can a DCP do?

A DCP delivers direct access treatments within their Scope of Practice, individual knowledge, skills and experience to practice safely and effectively in the best interests of patients. You can see the full list of what different DCPs can do here:

Please note that a DCP completing these treatments is dependant on their individual skill-set and preference so a DCP may not be able to complete every treatment listed within this scope of practice. 

Do I still need to see my dentist?

Yes. We recommend you still see your dentist at least once per year. Our dental therapist may recommend that you see a dentist before your routine examination with the dentist is due. In these circumstances, they will discuss the reasons for this with you and we will book you an appointment with your registered dentist.

This may be because they feel that you need treatment or advice that they are unable to provide. For example, a dental therapist cannot provide more complex treatments such as crowns, bridges and dentures. They cannot provide treatment involving the nerve of the tooth, for example, a root canal treatment.


If you have any queries regarding the contents of this web page, please speak with a team member.