252312 Dentist

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252312 DENTIST

Alternative Titles:
Dental Practitioner
Dental Surgeon

Diagnoses and treats dental disease, injuries, decay and malformations of the teeth, periodontal tissue (gums), hard and soft tissue found on the mouth and other dento-facial structures using surgery and other techniques. Registration or licensing is required.
Skill Level: 1

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2523 Dental Practitioners

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Dental Practitioners
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DENTAL PRACTITIONERS diagnose and treat dental disease, restore normal oral function using a broad range of treatments, such as surgery and other specialist techniques, and advise on oral health.
Indicative Skill Level:
In Australia and New Zealand:
Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.
Tasks Include:

diagnosing dental diseases using a range of methods such as radiographs, salivary tests and medical histories
providing preventative oral health care such as periodontal treatments, fluoride applications and oral health promotion
providing restorative oral care such as implants, complex crown and bridge restorations, and orthodontics, and repairing damaged and decayed teeth
providing oral surgical treatments such as biopsy of tissue and prescription of medication
performing routine orthodontic treatment
restoring oral function with removable and fixed oral prostheses
assisting in diagnosing general diseases having oral manifestations such as diabetes
educating patients to take care of their mouth and teeth
leading a dental team which may comprise Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants and other Dental Specialists

Avg. weekly earnings - males (May 2012): 
2 110.50
Avg. weekly earnings - females (May 2012): 
2 251.70
Avg. weekly earnings - persons (May 2012): 
2 187.00