Your career in dentistry



Your career path

The dental team

The dental team is made up of a number of professionals who have different roles in the effective treatment of individual patients and whole populations. We are committed to life-long learning, and offer options for dental professionals to progress at all stages of their career.

Dentist

Dentists work to diagnose, prevent and treat disorders and conditions of the oral cavity such as dental caries, periodontal diseases, oral cancer, cranio-facial abnormalities, pathologies of the jaw and impacted teeth. They undertake complex treatments such as root-canal therapy, biopsies, provide inlays, veneers, crowns, bridges, surgically remove teeth, place implants and dentures, and provide appliances to correct abnormal positioning of the teeth and jaws.

Study dentistry with the Doctor of Dental Medicine

Oral health therapist

This member of the team works with patients of all ages, focusing on the treatment, maintenance and promotion of oral health. They work to address factors associated with dental caries (decay or cavities) and periodontal disease, and provide treatments including oral hygiene instructions, restorations, extractions of primary teeth, some pulp treatments and periodontal treatment.

Study oral health therapy with the Bachelor of Oral Health

Specialist

Two years after qualifying, dentists can choose an area, such as Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics or Special Care Dentistry, and practise in this area exclusively.

Study to be a specialist with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Further clinical skills

For dentists wanting to remain in general practice while developing further their clinical skills, we offer diplomas and certificates in restorative dentistry, implants and conscious sedation.

Study a certificate or diploma to further your clinical skills

Postgraduate research

Join leading researchers addressing oral health challenges in Australia and the world.

Find out more about Postgraduate research

Continuing education

Undertake one of our CPD-accredited continuing education workshops, delivered via lectures, debate and clinical simulations, covering a range of topics.

Find out more about continuing education