Dental practitioner

Dental Practitioners treat patients in overall oral health and hygiene. They provide routine cleaning for patients as well as treat dental diseases, and facilitate cosmetic dental procedures. They should have specialised knowledge of oral health and be able to identify signs of oral and tooth complications or degradation.

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

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Good Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Dental Practitioners typically work Monday to Fridays treating patients with scheduled appointments and performing oral operations and procedures. They work in an indoor medical setting environment with dental tools, equipment and beds for examining patients. They may sometimes work weekends if a dental surgery is scheduled.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Dental Association (ADA) 

Dental Board of Australia 

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