Click on the links below to read about the different dental careers that are available.
Dentistry is concerned with the study, maintenance and care of all aspects of an individual's oral health. The skills of a dentist enable him/her to diagnose, formulate and carry out treatment that is appropriately planned to each patient's oral needs.
Dentists also have a lot of opportunities in that they can choose among several career paths such as: general dental practice, hospital dentistry, defenceforce work, international work, and specialisation in different areas of dentistry through postgraduate study.
Becoming a dentist is a five year degree. For more information contact:
Dental Therapist / Hygienist
The Bachelor of Oral Health is a new degree offered and qualifies you to practice both as a dental therapist and as a dental hygienist. Previously these used to be separate degrees.
Dental therapists most commonly perform routine dental care for pre-school, primary and intermediate children at school dental clinics, but they also work in community clinics, Iwi-based clinics and hospital dental clinics. Dental therapists are responsible for the organisation, planning and treatment of their own patient groups.
Dental hygienists educate patients about the health of their mouths and provide solutions for improving and maintaining good oral hygiene. They work closely with dentists in detecting and treating oral disease and prepare mouths for complex restorative care.
The Bachelor of Oral Health is a three year degree. For more information contact:
Telephone: 0800 808 098
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Auckland University of Technology
Telephone: 0800 288 864
Website: Click here
Dental assistants support the dentist, dental therapist or dental hygienist during oral health care procedures and assist with practice administration. Certificates in Dental Assisting can be obtained from NZ Dental Association (NZDA) or Auckland University of Technology (AUT). The certificate from NZDA can be obtained while you are working as an assistant, while the certificate from AUT can be obtained through half a year full time study.
Dental technicians job is making artificial (false) parts for the head and neck. Examples of what they make are:
It is a three year degree to become a dental technician.For more information contact: