Dentistry

Dentistry

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Dental medicine, also known as oral medicine, is an integral part of healthcare. It is a sector of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the mouth. 

Roles in dentistry can be in a variety of places including high street practices, hospitals and other community settings and you will treat adults and children. 

Types of roles available:

+Dentist

As a dentist you will lead a team of dental professionals working with all patients to prevent oral disease, diagnose and treat dental problems and help to correct irregularities that may occur. You may work in the community or in hospitals.  

Typical Entry Requirements 

Becoming a dentist involves at least five years’ study at dental school. This is followed by one or two years of supervised practice. Most dental schools require three As at A-level, although one year pre-dental courses are offered by some dental schools. It is important to check with dental schools directly to get their course requirements.  

+Dental Nurse

As a dental nurse you will work alongside dentists, supporting tasks from routine oral examinations to more invasive interventions. A dental nurse carries out tasks such as: 

  • Decontaminating instruments 
  • Maintaining dental operating equipment 
  • Looking after patients records – including making notes when the dentist is examining the patient 
  • Ensuring materials and supplies are in place 

Typical Entry Requirements 

There are no set academic qualifications to work as a trainee dental nurse, but becoming a qualified dental nurse involved studying a course in dental nursing which is approved by the General Dental Council (GDC). Every course will have different entry requirements however, a minimum 2 GCSEs (4/C or above) in English Language and maths or a science subject are usually required for part-time courses.  

Full-time degree levels courses may require A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications. There is a level 3 apprenticeship in dental nursing which is an additional way to gain the required qualifications in dental nursing. 

+Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist works with patients to help them prevent dental problems and give advice on how to look after gums and teeth. This can range from scaling and polishing teeth to offering advice on how to prevent oral disease in the future. 

Typical entry requirements: 

Becoming a dental hygienist involves taking a course approved by the General Dental Council (GDC). They will then need to be registered with the GDC. Each course will have different entry requirements, so it is important to check with dental schools directly. Several dental schools may offer courses combining dental hygiene and dental therapy.  

+Dental Technician

Dental technicians design, make and repair the dental appliances used for improving patients’ appearance, speech or ability to eat. They construct these devices based on impressions dentists and dental hygienists take of patients’ teeth. 

Typical Entry Requirements 

A dental technician must be registered with the General Dental Council and complete a foundation degree or equivalent course. Courses must be GDC approved, and each course will have different entry requirements, so it is important to check with dental schools directly.  

Where you could work in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:

+Cambridgeshire Community Services
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+Cambridge University Hospitals:
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