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Dentists look out for the health of your teeth and gums. They provide general dental health care, prevention and maintenance work such as teeth cleaning, cavity fillings, and root canals.

To become a General Dentist, it is necessary to complete a full-time five-year Degree programme. Most dentists work in private practice, but many will work through the HSE where they provide community dental services. 

There are many specialities dentists can pursue, they could help patients with the positioning of their teeth as an Orthodontist or work with preventing gum disease as a Periodontist. Cosmetic dentistry can work wonders for improving the self esteem of patients and repairing damage caused by injury. For major work on patient’s teeth an Oral Surgeon will be referred to. Post graduate qualifications are required for specialist dentistry practices such orthodontics.

Dentistry involves very precise handiwork, dexterity and attention to detail are crucial when working on patient’s teeth.  

Dentistry is a rewarding profession where you help others and change people’s lives for the better. People skills are extremely important in this industry. A dental professional’s job is to ensure that patients are comfortable and confident that they are receiving excellent dental care so you must be able to provide a reassuring presence. 

Occupations in Dentistry
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Dental Hygienist
Provides dental care and oral hygiene treatments and advice to dental patients.
Dental Nurse / Surgery Assistant

Works as an assistant to a dentist in dental hospitals and local surgeries.

Dental Technician
Makes and repairs false teeth and other dental fixtures using both metal and plastic.
Dentist - Oral Surgeon

Treats patients with problems and diseases of the mouth and of the teeth.

Dentist - Periodontist

Periodontist - a Dentist who specialises in the care of the gums and tissue surrounding the teeth.

Surgeon - Oral

Provides surgical care for the teeth, jaws and facial bones.