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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.


  • 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.

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.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Orthodontics

  • Communication Skills

  • Dentistry

  • Surgery

  • Patient Care

  • Treatment Planning

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