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Dental practitioners

Description

Dental practitioners diagnose dental and oral diseases, injuries and disorders, prescribe and administer treatment, recommend preventative action and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.

Main Tasks

  • Examines patient’s teeth, gums and jaw, using dental and x-ray equipment, diagnoses dental conditions;
  • Assesses and recommends treatment options to patients;
  • Administers local anaesthetics;
  • Carries out clinical treatments, restores teeth affected by decay etc., treats gum disease and other disorders;
  • Constructs and fits braces, inlays, dentures and other appliances;
  • Supervises patient’s progress and advises on preventative action;
  • Educates patients on oral health care;
  • Refers patient to specialist, where necessary;
  • Maintains patients’ dental health records;
  • Prepares and delivers lectures, undertakes research, and conducts and participates in clinical trials.

Qualifications

Entrants require an approved university degree and must have completed a period of postgraduate vocational training. Graduate entry to dental school is sometimes possible. Registration with the General Dental Council is a pre-requisite to practise. Specialist fields require further study and training.

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