dental therapists

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan would authorize and license midlevel "dental therapists" to do work now performed by dentists under a bill advancing in the Legislature. 

The legislation won Senate approval 21-15 Wednesday. The House will consider it next.

Under the bill, dental therapists could practice if they reach an agreement with a supervising dentist.

They could perform more common procedures than dental hygienists, such as filling cavities.