Hi, I’m Neve, and I am one of the newest members to the wonderful team at Moreton Dental. I qualified from Leeds university in 2020 with a first class honours degree in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy.
A lot of you may be wondering: what is a dental therapist? And I too must admit that before carrying out my course I had never heard of the term. As a dental therapist, I am trained to carry out fillings of all different materials on patients of all ages. I can take x-rays and I can administer local anaesthetic. I am also able to place stainless steel crowns on children’s primary teeth and extract children’s teeth if needed.
So why would you come to me rather than going to your dentist? Seeing a dental therapist ensures your treatment can be carried out promptly and safely, while allowing the dentists more time to carry out check-ups and more complex procedures such as root canal treatment, placing crowns and bridges, or making dentures.
During my time at university, I was passionate about dental therapy, and I gained the dental therapy prize (awarded to the student with the highest marks in the dental therapy part of the course). This passion led me to apply for a dental therapy foundation training year. This is a selective programme for dental therapists, and it allowed me to enhance my skills and confidence within dental therapy. My foundation year also provided me with excellent training days including multiple days on creating aesthetic fillings and a course on treating children, where I learnt several tips and tricks to help keep your little ones’ mouths healthy.
In my spare time I love being outside. I grew up around lots of different animals on my parents’ smallholding and I am great at putting up fences (just not as good as our horse is at knocking them down!). I am looking forward to being able to get myself some pets in the future, but for now I am keeping myself busy with trips around the UK, as well as regularly playing badminton.
I am looking forward to getting to know more patients and having a part in your dental journeys, either in my role as a dental hygienist or as a dental therapist.