What does a Dentist do?

A dentist is a physician that works diagnosing and treating problems concerning patient's teeth and gums. They provide regular checkups and cleanings in addition to more detailed procedures like root canals or installing braces. A dentist is located in a dental medical facility and is usually an independent practice or small to medium business. They also complete x-rays in the office as well as evaluations for more extensive orthodontic procedures.

Each state requires dentists to be licensed and hold a degree from an accredited dental school. In addition, dentists are required to complete a residency program and work in their area of specialty before becoming fully licensed. Individuals who are interested in oral care, promoting healthy living and enjoy working closely with patients will likely excel as a dentist.

  • Provide general dental care by cleaning teeth and filling cavities
  • Repair and remove problematic or chipped teeth
  • Correct teeth alignment or placement by installing braces
  • Protect teeth by using sealants or using whitening treatments
  • Recommend patients to dental specialists as needed for recommended procedures
  • Instruct patients about best practices in oral health, and recommend the best brushes and toothpaste for their needs
  • Create models of crowns and dentures by taking measurements and making models
  • Review x-ray images captured in the office to determine the health of the teeth and potential areas of concern
  • Doctoral degree in dental medicine
  • Licensed to practice dentistry in the state of residency required
  • Continuing education courses for new procedures and standards
  • Experience working in accordance with HIPAA and other medical privacy laws
  • Professional and compassionate demeanor when interacting with patients
  • Personal accountability and attention to detail required
  • Ability to multitask and make informed decisions accurately and quickly
  • Experience working in a high-volume dental office and delivering exceptional care
  • Strict adherence to sanitation requirements for tools and procedures
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Dentist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£55,821 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £56K
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