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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.

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.
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?

The most common salary  for a Dentist is between $170k and $190k
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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 in 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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team work
  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Professional ethics
  • Leadership skills

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Team work
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Customer centricity
  • Emotional intelligence
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How do Dentists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 32 Dentists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Dentistry)/Master of Dentistry
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Being a dentist is truly rewarding. It's a tough job but ultimately the work you do is changing the quality of everyday people's lives. People need to be able to eat well and smile, and you help them ...
The challenges
Despite the flexible work hours, being a dentist can be demanding mentally and surprisingly physically demanding. However these are small hurdles to overcome when you compare the amount of difference ...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor of Dental Surgery
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Good work/life balance. Can see instant results e.g. getting people out of pain, changing aesthetics. Rewarding to see people walk out with a smile
The challenges
Commission based- no patient, no pay. Difficult especially when first starting out and trying to create a patient base.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters in dental surgery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Endodontics
The good things
Great remuneration if you are self employed. Flexible hours of work
The challenges
Extensive studies requires. Cost of education is high and tough but the rewards are good too
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of dental surgery
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
General dentistry
The good things
1)Can be high earning job if you consider to live in rural area. 2)can improve social skills and communication
The challenges
1) it has become very competitive in large cities 2) very stressful because it dental treatments are expensive and people have high expectations.
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Dentistry
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Flexibility with work location. You can work pretty much anywhere, you aren't anchored into the capital cities.
The challenges
A lot of people you have never met will come in and tell you they hate you purely on the basis of your profession.
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor of Dental Surgery
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
The ability to make a difference to not just your patients’ health, but their quality of life, confidence and mental and social wellbeing.
The challenges
Empathy, patience to listen, and stay non judgmental at all times are the most fundamental qualities required, besides the skills, knowledge and practice.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
bachelor of dentistry
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Good income and flexibility for work life balance
The challenges
Stressful job with little mentorship, requires initiative to continue learning
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Master in maxillofacial surgery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Dentistry is a very important job. It help in completing the overall wellbeing of people.
The challenges
Usually patients presented with pain and limited financial issue causing hard decisions making. Also the different treatment options that can be adopted by different dentists may confuse the patients.
2 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor of Dental Surgery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
We provide a useful and usually appreciated service to the community. Job satisfaction is consequently high in terms of clinical and interpersonal accomplishment.
The challenges
Increasing government,insurance,etc regulations and interference in the practice of dentistry tend to overshadow the clinical aspects. Corporate dentistry and the perception of dentists as just anothe...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of dental surgery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
General dentist
The good things
Every day is a new day with meeting new people and doing something good for them. The happiness we get when we see their satisfaction is beyond words. We feel lucky to be able to make the person smil...
The challenges
Along with ability to make people smile we face many challenges. Some patients behavioral pattern and many risk factors. But after all its part and parcel of everything good
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What are the job opportunities for Dentists?

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Job opportunities

Dentist jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
16.7%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Dental Practitioners
Latest Dentist jobs on SEEK
Smiles of Melbourne
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Everyone comes excited and leaves happy - break up your week from the day to day grind of dentistry
Private Advertiser
Blue Mountains & Central West
Associate Dentist required at a busy dental practise based in Outer Western Sydney / Lower Blue Mountains.
1d ago
Lethbridge Dental Clinic
Sydney > Parramatta & Western Suburbs
Seeking  friendly, enthusiastic & experienced dentist to join our team on full time basis.
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2d ago
Profilo
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
General Dentist
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