A dentist scope of work involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of numerous dental problems and diseases of the teeth, gums and mouth. Their work also includes the correction of missing and faulty teeth.
In their daily work with patients, a dentist need to provide diagnosis on the health of the teeth and to take corrective measures such as removing teeth, filling cavities, treating gum infections, etc. Sometimes surgery may be needed to treat jaw fractures. A dentist also needs to advise patients how to maintain good oral hygiene and to take preventive measures to address specific issues in dental care.
Specialisation in dentistry
After completing a basic degree, some dentist choose to become more involved in a specialized area. Some common specialization for dentists includes orthodontists, oral surgeons, pediatric dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists, public health dentists, oral pathologists and oral radiologists.
What requirement is needed to become a successful dentist?
Manual dexterity is a requirement, since delicate work must be performed quickly and with care. Apart from that a dentists personality is also important because patients are human beings and care and concern goes a long way in making patients feel comfortable. Good communication skills are a bonus.
Subjects in Dentistry
Some common subjects taught in a university dentistry degree course include
- General Anatomy and Physiology
- Dental Pathology
- Dental Pathology
- Preventive Dentistry
- Dental Procedures
- Dental Materials
- Dental Radiograph
Usually, students are also required to take up subjects that will help them relate better with their clients in the future such as sociology, psychology, communication skills etc.
Employment opportunities can be found in both public and private sectors that including
- Government hospitals
- Private Oral Health Clinic
- Government Health Services or Community Health Centre
- Dental Colleges and Universities