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Overview

Dentists diagnose and treat dental disease, injuries, decay and malformations of the teeth, periodontal tissue (gums), hard and soft tissue found on the mouth and other dento-facial structures using surgery and other techniques.

Day-to-day

  • diagnoses dental diseases using a range of methods such as radiographs, salivary tests and medical histories
  • provides preventative oral health care such as periodontal treatments, fluoride applications and oral health promotion
  • provides restorative oral care, such as implants, complex crown and bridge restorations, orthodontics and repairs to damaged or decayed teeth
  • provides oral surgical treatments such as biopsy of tissue and prescription of medications
  • performs routine orthodontic treatment
  • assists in diagnosing general diseases having oral manifestations such as diabetes
  • educates patients to take care of their mouth and teeth
  • leads a dental team which may comprise of Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants and other Dental Specialists.

To become a Dentist

  • You need a bachelor degree in dentistry majoring in dental science or dental surgery to work as a Dentist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

    Find a Bachelor of Dental Science

  • Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Dentistry

  • Communication Skills

  • Surgery

  • Patient Care

  • Dental Care

  • Teamwork / Collaboration

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