Dental practitioners

£53,560

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

36

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

0.28%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

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.

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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Dentist
Professor
Orthodontist
Reader
Fellow (university:
Consultant, dental
Practitioner, dental
Surgeon, dental
Periodontist
Lecturer
Officer, dental
Fellow

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.