Dental Team

Dental teams look at teeth and gums to check for any problems. They work in hospitals, high-street practices, universities and even the armed forces! Each member of the team plays an important role in delivering high quality care to service users.

Discover more about the different roles and entry requirements you’ll need to get started, below. Alternatively find out how to make an application to study dentistry at a UK university.

Dentist

Dentists are doctors who are specially trained to care for teeth and gums. .Many Dentists work as General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) to provide dental care to the general public to treat, and prevent disease, treat injuries and correct problems with our teeth and gums.

Typical entry requirements:

  • Usually at least 5 years of study at dental school
  • One to two years of supervised practice
  • For undergraduate courses, 3 A-Levels, grade A or above; pre-dental courses (typically one year) are also offered by some dental schools

Dental Nurse

A Dental Nurse gives all-round support for the Dentist and other members of the team to help treat people of all ages. This could include welcoming service users,   supporting treatments with tasks such as look after equipment, keeping confidential records and cleaning.


Typical entry requirements:

  • You may be able to work in a trainee position without specific academic qualifications, but you will need to complete a General Dental Council/GDC-approved course in dental nursing to hold a qualified position
  • For part-time courses you will require a minimum of 2 GCSEs (above C/4 grade, in English language, maths or science); for full-time courses you may require A-Levels or equivalent
  • A dental nursing apprenticeship is another way to progress in this role

Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienists work to stop service users having dental problems by looking after their teeth and gums to avoid gum disease, bad breath and other conditions. They are responsible for cleaning, polishing or scaling teeth, or applying sealant to cracks in teeth. The role may be based with a community practice, private practice or within a hospital setting.


Typical entry requirements:

  • For dental hygiene courses, you’ll require 2 or 3 A-Levels (or a recognised dental nursing qualification) / 5 GCSEs (A-C/4-9)

Dental Technician

Dental Technician

 Dental Technicians use a range of materials (such as gold, porcelain or plastics) to design and create dental items such as braces, false teeth (dentures), crowns and bridges based on the needs of the service user. These pieces of equipment help  to improve chewing and speaking abilities as well as often improving the appearance of teeth.


Typical entry requirements:

  • Completion of a General Dental Council (GDC) recognised course
  • For a BTEC National Diploma in dental technology, you’ll require 4 or more GCSES (A-C/4-9); BSc degrees will also require A-Level, or equivalent, qualifications
  • Foundation degrees often require you to be employed in a trainee role
  • Registration with the GDC, post-qualification
  • Strong understanding of dental and facial anatomy is very beneficial

What skills and qualities do I need to work Dentistry?

Listening Skills

Being able to understand your service users’ needs and write down what you have heard correctly to help you to provide them with the best support you can

Caring

Being caring and supportive of others

Team Work 

Being able to work with staff across several organisations to get to a solution

Problem-Solving Skills

To be able to identify a problem and decide what you need to do to fix it