Minnesota advanced dental therapist Christy Jo Fogarty treats a young patient at a clinic run by Children's Dental Serivces. Dental therapists in Minnesota help more uninsured patients get dental treatment, but are not yet licensed in Oregon. Undated photo. (Children's Dental Services )

Dental therapists here? … Maybe

Dental therapists are similar to nurse practitioners — able to do much of, but not all, the primary care work dentists or physicians do. But…