Dentist

Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and abnormalities of teeth and gums, with preventive procedures, surgery and other specialist techniques

Dentist

Dentist

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as a dentist:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Dental Medicine to qualify as a dentist.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Dentists:

  • examine patients' teeth and gums using dental equipment and X-rays
  • diagnose dental conditions and plan oral health care in consultation with patients
  • clean teeth and cavities and provide preventive care, such as scaling, cleaning and fluoride therapy
  • repair decayed and broken teeth by rebuilding tooth structures and providing crowns and bridges
  • treat diseases of the roots, gums and soft tissues of the mouth
  • perform routine surgical procedures, such as extracting teeth, as well as complex operations on the jaws and soft tissues
  • give local anaesthetics when necessary for carrying out treatment
  • design and fit dentures, crowns and bridges for the replacement of lost or unsound teeth
  • refer patients to dental specialists for further treatment.

Most dentists work in private practice.

You could also find positions with state or territory governments or the Australian Defence Force. Opportunities for careers in teaching and research also exist, mainly within the universities and institutes for dental research. Demand for dental services depends upon demographic factors such as the size and age of the population, the general economic climate, the extent of private health cover and public awareness of new services available. Demand for dentists in the public sector depends upon government funding policies.

Source: myFuture

To qualify as a dentist:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Dental Medicine to qualify as a dentist.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Dentists:

  • examine patients' teeth and gums using dental equipment and X-rays
  • diagnose dental conditions and plan oral health care in consultation with patients
  • clean teeth and cavities and provide preventive care, such as scaling, cleaning and fluoride therapy
  • repair decayed and broken teeth by rebuilding tooth structures and providing crowns and bridges
  • treat diseases of the roots, gums and soft tissues of the mouth
  • perform routine surgical procedures, such as extracting teeth, as well as complex operations on the jaws and soft tissues
  • give local anaesthetics when necessary for carrying out treatment
  • design and fit dentures, crowns and bridges for the replacement of lost or unsound teeth
  • refer patients to dental specialists for further treatment.

Most dentists work in private practice.

You could also find positions with state or territory governments or the Australian Defence Force. Opportunities for careers in teaching and research also exist, mainly within the universities and institutes for dental research. Demand for dental services depends upon demographic factors such as the size and age of the population, the general economic climate, the extent of private health cover and public awareness of new services available. Demand for dentists in the public sector depends upon government funding policies.

Source: myFuture

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Dentist

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Dentist

Course work courses to pursue this career
Postgraduate Courses To Become

Dentist

Research courses to pursue this career
Research study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.


Relevant research courses include: