Dental Careers Explained

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Business |

Once a student graduates with a degree in dental education, it opens for him several professional opportunities.  Aside from establishing his own dental clinic, he can also choose to work in the hospital, in a laboratory research company, teach future dentist or work for global NGO’s that campaigns for oral health around the world.

Today’s Ontario dentists are equipped with relevant training regarding the operation of modern dental equipment. They are introduced to the use of laser and computer-assisted diagnosis, making dental practice a challenging and rewarding career.  Some of the perks of being a dentist include helping other people achieve better oral health, a better quality of life and appearance. A career in dental practice is a work-life balance, you can still find a lot of time for your personal life.

A dentist is a person who achieved a degree in either Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). He is the person who evaluates, diagnoses, and treats (nonsurgical or surgical) diseases, abnormalities, or bad conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area, and all other related structures and their effects on the human body. To become a general dentist, one must hold either DMD or DSD degree from a recognized dental school. He needs to finish three or more years of undergraduate course plus another four years in dental school.

Each state sets its own specific regulations regarding the responsibilities of dental hygienists so it’s safe to say that the duties of a hygienist depend on what state he is in.  His job may include screening patients to determine the conditions of their oral health, review their health history, head and neck inspection,  taking blood pressure and pulse, putting sealants and fluorides to the teeth, removing plaque, etc.

Dental Laboratory Technicians is the person in charge of creating dental prosthetics with the help sophisticated instruments and materials.  They are an integral part of a dental team although they don’t work directly with the patients, except as directed by a licensed dentists.  They work closely with the dentist and follow diligently the written structures in creating impressions (molds) of the patient’s teeth or oral soft tissues.

A Dental Assistant performs different tasks including taking and developing dental x-rays, sterilizing equipment, and taking impressions of patient’s teeth. A Dental Assistant’s efficiency impacts the patient’s overall experience in a dental clinic.  A Dental Assistant functions as the patient’s service coordinator.