How to become a dental practitioner

Treat patients in overall oral health and hygiene.

What does a dental practitioner do?

Duties and tasks

  • Collaborate with other dental personnel for assistance and to refer patients for supplemental dental services.
  • Examine patients experiencing oral pain or discomfort to help keep optimal health for patients teeth, gums and mouth.
  • Identify causes of oral problems, including cavities and other dental diseases.
  • Perform routine dental cleaning and check-ups for patients, including preventative procedures.
  • Provide oral surgery when needed for prevention or restoration.
  • Repair damaged or decayed gums and teeth using a variety of procedures including fillings and crowns and assist in correcting improper bites from disproportionate jaw or tooth irregularities.
  • Research updates and new equipment and procedures in overall dental and oral health field.

Professional bodies

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  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental mechanic / technician
  • Dental nurse
  • Dental therapist
  • Dentist
  • Oral health therapist
  • Registered nurse
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