£20,800 Average salary at age 20
£54,080 Average Salary
23 Average hours per week


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.

Main Tasks

  • 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.


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.

What Dental practitioners studied in higher education

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What Dental practitioners studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(A2) Pre-clinical dentistry16
(A4) Clinical dentistry83

UK Prospects

37600 Workforce Size
3.82% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
6563 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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