How to become a dentist

female-dotors-2Dentistry is a popular career choice because it is a rewarding job with a good salary and excellent prospects for the future. In this day and age when job security is so important you can rest assured that people will always need a dentist.

Academic requirements

If you want to be a dentist you will need to work hard; the content of the course is difficult and competition for places is fierce so you will e expected to attain top grades. Most universities require straight A’s at A level or equivalent and most also specify subjects, including Biology and Chemistry; you will also need excellent GCSE and AS level results.

University education

female-dotorsTo become a dentist you will need to complete a degree programme in Dentistry. There are several dental courses available and most last for 5 years. The university programme is designed to give students both theoretical knowledge and clinical skills and students undertake training placements as well as academic study; this may involve working in hospitals and dental practices in the community to learn how to do everything, from examining a patient to fitting dentures. Visit dentures.org.uk for more details.

After university

After you graduate you will need to complete further postgraduate training, which includes foundation training and specialist training. There are many different specialities in dentistry and dentists can choose to focus their attentions on these areas to become an expert; once they have passed all the relevant training and examinations, they can be listed on the General Dental Council’s Specialist Register.