Pat G manages a unit working in her local community to improve dental health. A reformed dentalphobic, Pat began her career as a dental nurse and has worked her way up to her current role. Her experience working in Canada inspired her to advance her career, whilst a love of performing has meant she enjoys giving presentations.
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Dental practitioners diagnose dental and oral diseases, injuries and disorders, prescribe and administer treatment, recommend preventative action and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.
Entrants require an approved university degree and must have completed a period of postgraduate vocational training. Graduate entry to dental school is sometimes possible. Registration with the General Dental Council is a pre-requisite to practise. Specialist fields require further study and training.
- Examines patient’s teeth, gums and jaw, using dental and x-ray equipment, diagnoses dental conditions
- Assesses and recommends treatment options to patients
- Administers local anaesthetics
- Carries out clinical treatments, restores teeth affected by decay etc., treats gum disease and other disorders
- Constructs and fits braces, inlays, dentures and other appliances
- Supervises patient’s progress and advises on preventative action
- Educates patients on oral health care
- Refers patient to specialist, where necessary
- Maintains patients’ dental health records
- Prepares and delivers lectures, undertakes research, and conducts and participates in clinical trials.
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