Dental Practitioners

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.


New workers

New workers start around £20,369. Normal pay is £41,073 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £60,910.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 20,403 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Prepares and delivers lectures, undertakes research, and conducts and participates in clinical trials.

  • Maintains patients’ dental health records.

  • Refers patient to specialist, where necessary.

  • Educates patients on oral health care.

  • Supervises patient’s progress and advises on preventative action.

  • Constructs and fits braces, inlays, dentures and other appliances.

  • Carries out clinical treatments, restores teeth affected by decay etc., treats gum disease and other disorders.

  • Administers local anaesthetics.

  • Assesses and recommends treatment options to patients.

  • Examines patient’s teeth, gums and jaw, using dental and x-ray equipment, diagnoses dental conditions.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Surgery

  • Dentistry

  • Dental Surgery

  • Orthodontics

  • Endodontics

  • Dental Care

  • Clinical Governance

  • Periodontology

  • Treatment Planning

  • Sedation

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Mentorship

  • Communication

  • Training And Development

  • Team Performance Management

  • Teaching

  • English Language

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Research

  • Ethical Standards And Conduct

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.