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Dentistry Courses: Specialties

What Are The Career Paths Available After Dentistry Courses?

After graduating from Dental School, the majority of students go on to become a General Dental Practitioner. These are the dentists that you see for check-ups and basic treatments. This requires one year of Dental Foundation Training which is completed whilst working. After this, some dentists might choose to specialise. This requires further training and dentistry courses. Some of the most common specialties are:

Are There Alternative Careers in Dentistry?

Some Dentists choose to go into academic research, this includes scientific research relating to understanding Dentistry and also making improvements in Dental care. Some specialists also choose to complete a PhD as part of their studies, this is usually to allow them to better understand their specialty.

It is possible to go into teaching as a Dentist. This can be done through mentoring a Dentist during their Foundation Dental Training or by teaching in a University.

Forensic Odontology is another career pathway that a minority of Dentists pursue. This is the process of identifying human remains in crimes by using dental evidence. It can also involve studying bite marks and dental injuries that occur in crime.

What Does a Career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Involve?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMF) involves the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaw, face and neck. To be an OM surgeon a degree in medicine and dentistry is required as it requires expertise from both backgrounds. They treat conditions such as neck cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial pain and temporomandibular joint diseases.


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