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What is dentistry all about? Not just teeth, but all the oral and maxillofacial tissues—and it is increasingly being recognised that good oral health is important for good general health.

Dentists prevent oral diseases, and diagnose and treat pre-existing conditions. Dentists have many roles: they may have a family dental practice, they may specialise in high-tech implants and restorative procedures, and they may work with medically- or socially-disadvantaged patients.

Dentistry is the art and science of the maintenance of all aspects of oral health and function for all people in our community.

Why study Dentistry?

Dentistry is a challenging profession that combines a high degree of manual dexterity and precision with a thorough understanding of craniofacial biology and pathology, and excellent communication skills. The dentist is the leader of the oral health team and can diagnose and carry out treatment planned to each patient's oral needs.

If you are considering a career as a dentist, you should be prepared for life-long learning to maintain your practising standards.

As a graduate there are opportunities for full-time or part-time work in New Zealand or overseas; and opportunities include private general or specialist practice, academic careers, or hospital-based practice.

Dentistry teaches you:

  • The scientific foundations in anatomy, physiology, and oral biology
  • About public health dentistry and how to develop your communication skills
  • Clinical skills, first in simulation classes in the Faculty's cutting-edge simulation laboratory, and then in patient sessions
  • About a wide range of clinical dental disciplines including prosthodontics and clinical cariology, endodontics, periodontics, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral medicine, oral surgery, and special needs dentistry

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Nicholas Cutfield (186px)
“There are fantastic business opportunities and it is definitely the lifestyle choice out of all the health professions. You graduate with a practicing certificate meaning there are no intern years … I think the profession has a very exciting future. And New Zealand needs dentists!”

—Nicholas Cutfield
BDS Graduate
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