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Dental Specialist (including Orthodontists)

Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists) diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, irregularities and malformations of teeth and associated structures in the mouth and jaw using surgery and other specialist techniques.

Overview

Dental Specialists (including Orthodontists) diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, irregularities and malformations of teeth and associated structures in the mouth and jaw using surgery and other specialist techniques.

Day-to-day

  • diagnoses dental diseases using a range of methods such as radiographs, salivary tests and medical histories
  • provides restorative oral care such as implants, complex crown and bridge restorations, and orthodontics, and repairs damaged and decayed teeth
  • provides oral surgical treatments such as biopsy of tissue and prescription of medication
  • restores oral function with removable and fixed oral prostheses
  • assists in diagnosing general diseases having oral manifestations such as diabetes
  • leads a dental team which may comprise of dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental assistants and other dental specialists.

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To become a Dental Specialist (including Orthodontists)

  • Qualified and experienced Dentists can undertake specialist training through the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons to become a Dental Specialist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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  • Registration with the Dental Board of Australia is required.

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