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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.
QualificationsEntrants 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.
- 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.
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