2215- DENTAL PRACTITIONERS
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.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details
The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 1.2
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 3.3
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details
- 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.