Dentist

Anthony Gurrola

Duties

  • educating patients on oral healthcare;
  • examining teeth and diagnosing patients' dental conditions by using tools such as x-rays;
  • assessing treatment options and agreeing treatment plans with patients;
  • carrying out agreed clinical treatments such as restoring teeth affected by decay and treating gum disease;
  • maintaining patients' dental records;
  • recruiting, training and managing staff;
  • overseeing budgets and maintaining stocks of equipment;
  • marketing services to potential clients.

Personal Characteristics

  • Friendly
  • Trustworthy
  • On time

Education

Bachelors degree prior to admission to dental school;doctoral degree in dental medicine dental surgery;some dental specialization require completion of a residency.

Work setting

If you work as a GDP you will be self-employed and can arrange your own working hours, which may include weekend or evening sessions to suit patients. Career breaks and part-time work opportunities are available.

Work within hospitals tends to be on short-term contracts and involves more irregular hours, with on-call responsibilities. Self-employment and freelance work in hospital dentistry are only possible for consultants.

Wages and Benifits

  • Newly qualified dentists wanting to work in the NHS need to undertake dental foundation training for one year, during which a salary of £30,132 will be received.
  • Most dentists are self-employed contractors in general practice, mixing NHS with private work, and earn £50,000 to £110,000. Wholly private dentists can earn £140,000+.
  • Dentists employed by the NHS, working mainly in community dental services, earn a salary of £38,095 to £81,480.
  • In NHS trust hospitals, consultants in dental specialties earn £75,249 to £101,451 depending on how many years they've spent in the consultant grade.

Similar Careers

  • Dental Assistant.
  • Dental Hygienist.
  • Dental Laboratory Technology.
  • Proposed Dental Team Careers

Personal Assessment

You have to keep in mind that you have to be able to work with children and adults and also you have to be the best you can when working with patients.

Final thoughts

Pros


  • Good money
  • Something you like to do
Cons



  • The patients
  • Co-workers