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

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 have:

  • 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 Dental Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dental
The good things
Dentistry is a great field by improving the smiles of all. It is a necessity today.
The challenges
It can really be stressful working in a small surface area
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Dentistry
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
General dentistry
The good things
We aren’t loved but what we offer can’t be done by any mere person. It is not a DIY project. Dentistry involves engineering, physics and artistry in a minute level. An important aspect of it also is o...
The challenges
The first thing people say is “ I don’t like dentists”. This is because of a bad experience and you will have to show them that you are a modern dentist and a better one. It can be a frustrating profe...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dental
The good things
No pressure on targets or KPI
The challenges
When no patients than become a long day.
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
It is a satisfying job if you put your patients first. There is a lot you can learn/do while working and there are a number of specialist areas you can choose from
The challenges
Difficult to make a mark in the market.
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
As a dentist, you have the chance to directly impact someone's quality of life. It can be as simple as getting rid of pain, and as complex as transforming a smile. You are meeting new people all day a...
The challenges
Being a dentist can be stressful, as you have to deal with the human body and mind. You constantly have to improve your clinical skills to treat all kinds of different teeth. You have to be good at ma...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
bachelor of dentistry
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
challenging
The challenges
every patient is different every tooth is different
2 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
There are many different fields to work in, with specialisation or general practice, public or private practice etc. Flexibilty in hours is common.
The challenges
A lot of people mistrust dentists, you often start a relationship with patients on the back foot, even though you are just trying to help them. It is physically demanding, literally back breaking work...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Dental Science (Hons)
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
- You can help people. - Alleviate people's fears about the dentist. - Transform people's smiles. - Good work life balance
The challenges
Physically can be hard on your hands, back, neck, ears, eyes (you've really got to work on your own posture). Can be quite an isolating profession.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
GradDipClinDent (Oral implants)
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Being a Principal dentist is great because no one tellse what to do and I run things my own way.
The challenges
It is a lot of work
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of dental surgery
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
General dentist
The good things
Relieving people of pain , high earning potential if you get a good client
The challenges
Very high expectations usually by the clients, very few people ready to pay for the hard work 😓 done in treating their teeth ,no Job satisfaction of working for owning a small dental clinic as work ...
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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
Moviliti Dental Care
Sunshine Coast
Dentist - Part Time required to join our team -Sunshine Coast
9h ago
boronia dentist
Melbourne > Eastern Suburbs
Dentist
AB Dental & Medical Employment Agency
Sydney
We are looking for experienced Dentist''''s to fill some locum positions throughout Sydney. We have both long and short term assignments available
Skygate Dental
Brisbane > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Dentist (Part Time to Full Time)
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