Dentist

Average Salary: £51,000 - £56,000
Competition: LOW
Years Experience: 2-5 years

Job Summary

I never understood why some people were scared of going to the Dentist’s. They are friendly human beings with all the intentions to prevent and treat problems affecting the mouth and teeth. Not to mention, treating dental and oral diseases. What is there to fear?

Duties

You’ll find most Dentists work as a General Dental Practitioner (GDP), who provide dental care to the general public, for our local check-ups and so forth. However, Dentists can also decide to work in Hospitals, the Armed Forces and within the community to people who find it difficult to visit their local dental surgery. Usually, they will all have the following responsibilities:

  • Inspecting teeth and diagnosing patients’ dental conditions
  • Using x-rays to examine a patient’s oval cavity in-depth
  • Assessing treatment options and implementing mutually agreed treatment plan
  • Administrating anaesthetics prior to dental procedures
  • Performing dental procedures such as fillings, extractions, fitting dentures and bridges
  • Referring patients to a Dental Hygienist, Dental Therapist or Orthodontist for special treatment
  • Promoting good oral healthcare to patients

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Dentist should:

  • Have strong dexterity skills, which is performing tasks with the hands
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, being able to explain treatments in a clear manner
  • Have a friendly approach, possessing the ability to put anxious patients at ease
  • Be organised when maintaining patients’ records
  • Be confident and decisive when it comes to making decisions based on their specialist knowledge

Entry Routes

Some say that a smile is the first thing that people notice. Presumably we want that smile to be with teeth! It’s why a rigorous 5-year degree in Dentistry needs to be undertaken to become a Dentist. This degree needs to be approved by the General Dental Council (GDC).

If you are in the process of completing a relevant degree such as Biology, then you may be able to complete the Dentistry degree in only 4 years. 1 year discount!

Once you’ve finally completed your Dentistry degree and have registered with the GDC, you’ll be able to practise as a qualified Dentist. But the fun doesn’t stop there! 12 months of Dental foundation training needs to be completed and then finally, you’ll be up on your way! Easy.

Job Progression

Dentist Trainee

Dentist

Partner

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Rewarding – It’s very pleasing being able to improve people’s health
  • Opportunity – You can work anywhere in the world and brings the opportunity of being a Partner and running your own surgery
  • New People – You get to meet a lot of new people and see familiar characters everyday

The Bad

  • High Responsibility – You’re put in charge with someone’s health. Making a mistake could be devastating
  • Difficult Patients – Dealing with extremely apprehensive patients can be frustrating at times
  • Working Environment – There are moments where it can be unpleasant. From constantly bending forward to encountering bad breath