Students purusing a degree in dentistry study the cause, prevention, management and treatment of oral and dental disease.
A degree in dentistry lasts approximately five years, beginning with a general grounding on the subject. Courses in dentistry cover anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, as well as practical aptitudes like taking a medical history, doing dental examinations, orthodontics and anesthesia.
You will then be able to pursue more specialist subjects; for dentistry, this might be in pediatric dentistry, dental prosthetics, dental radiography and radiology. Dentistry degrees equip students with the vital practical skills to do surgical procedures, for example, as well as with the people skills necessary to interact with patients and their relatives.
Learning is through themed case discussions in groups, lectures, practical classes (which may involve anatomy dissection) and clinical experience. Assessment is a mix of written examination, reflective portfolio work, written reports and observation of personal behaviour.
Dentistry offers broad focuses due to its highly specialised skill sets. This allows students the opportunity to select a focus to pursue careers in dental nursing, hygienists, therapists, technicians and support.
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