Tasks

  • diagnosing diseases, injuries, irregularities and malformations of teeth and associated structures in the mouth and jaw using a range of methods such as radiographs, salivary tests and medical histories
  • providing preventative oral health care such as periodontal treatments, fluoride applications and oral health promotion
  • administering anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures
  • prescribing medication for relief of ongoing pain after procedures
  • providing restorative oral care such as implants, complex crown and bridge restorations, and orthodontics, and repairing damaged and decayed teeth
  • providing surgical treatments such as extraction of teeth, biopsy of tissue, and performing orthodontic treatment
  • measuring and taking impressions of patients' jaws and teeth in order to determine the shape and size of dental prostheses
  • designing , making, and fitting prosthodontic appliances such as space maintainers, bridges, and dentures, or writing fabrication instructions or prescriptions for dental prosthetic technicians
  • restoring oral function with removable and fixed oral prostheses
  • assisting in diagnosing general diseases having oral manifestations such as diabetes
  • educating patients and families on dental hygiene, nutrition and other measures to take care of oral health
  • supervising dental hygienists, dental assistants and other staff

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    Educational level

    • Unskilled
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