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Dentist

Improve quality of life for patients by treating and helping to prevent diseases of the teeth, gums and mouth.

What's it like to be a Dentist?

Dentists are primary healthcare professionals who treat, repair and help prevent diseases and other conditions that affect the teeth and gums.

Dentist

Tasks and duties

  • Performing oral health assessments and examinations in order to diagnose any conditions, and developing treatment plans for patients.
  • Undertaking clinical treatments to restore, remove, fix, replace, realign and resolve issues with the teeth, form or function of the mouth.
  • Administering and monitoring local anaesthetics while performing a procedure.
  • Prescribing medications to reduce or prevent infection.
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While Dentists perform surgical procedures, they also help people maintain and improve their oral health through education and behaviour change campaigns.

Many Dentists are self-employed or work in private practice, however, some work in public clinics or hospitals.

What can I earn as a Dentist?

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Dentist roles in AUS were typically advertised between $120k and $200k over the last 3 months.
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How to become a Dentist


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To work as a Dentist in Australia, you’ll need to undertake a degree course in dentistry. Once you have obtained the required University Admissions Index mark (UAI), you also need to complete the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT).

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or Bachelor of Dental Science (or equivalent). Alternately, for students with previous tertiary qualifications in a related field, apply for a postgraduate qualification, such as the Doctor of Dental Medicine.
  2. Before being able to practise as a dentist in Australia, it’s a legal requirement that you are registered with the Dental Board of Australia.
  3. Renew your registration annually and complete a minimum of 60 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities over a three-year cycle. These activities may include attending or presenting at conferences about scientific, clinical or technical aspects of oral health care, undertaking cardiopulmonary resuscitation training or reading relevant academic literature.

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Bachelor of Dental Surgery

This qualification will provide you with the technical skills and knowledge needed for a career as a Dentist.

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Bachelor of Dental Science

This bachelor degree provides you with the skills and knowledge needed for registration as a Dentist.

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Bachelor of Science

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Latest Dentist reviews

Latest reviews from 45 Dentists surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Dentistry is deemed to be a job for sadistic individuals however once you unravel the fears of each individual patient they really appreciate that you are there to help them so the job becomes very REWARDING!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Dental Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
General Dentist
The good things
Good things about being a Dentist 1) You help people avoid pain and help them maintain good oral health which in turn leads to better overall health 2) You help people when they are in pain by providi...
The challenges
Various challenges a Dentist faces on a daily basis 1) Patients generally have a fear of Dentists and dental procedures, if you can make the experience for them more pleasant it is a Win Win scenario ...
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May 2021
Dentistry looks difficult but it’s actually very easy n rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Dentistry
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
General dentist
The good things
Perfect job for a female who have young kids
The challenges
Work hard and be persistent and have your goals set up n go for it
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