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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