Dentists diagnose and treat oral diseases, injuries and abnormalities of jaws, teeth and gums, undertake preventive procedures, conduct surgery and perform other specialist techniques.
Duties & Tasks
Dentists may perform the following tasks:examine patients' teeth and gums using dental equipment and X-rays
diagnose dental conditions and plan oral health care in consultation with patients
clean teeth and cavities, and provide preventive care such as scaling, cleaning and fluoride therapy
repair decayed and broken teeth by rebuilding tooth structures and providing crowns and bridges
treat diseases of the roots, gums and soft tissues of the mouth
perform routine surgical procedures, such as extracting teeth, as well as complex operations on the jaws and soft tissues
give local anaesthetics when necessary for carrying out treatment, and prescribe other medicines for infection or pain
design and fit dentures, crowns and bridges for the replacement of lost or unsound teeth
refer patients to dental specialists for further treatment.
good hand-eye coordination
able to do precise and detailed work
good communication skills
able to concentrate for long periods
sympathetic and caring.