Major Group: 2 - Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 25 - Health Professionals | Minor Group: 252 - Health Therapy Professionals | Unit Group: 2523 - Dental Practitioners
Description: Diagnoses and treats dental disease, injuries, decay and malformations of the teeth, periodontal tissue (gums), hard and soft tissue found on the mouth and other dento-facial structures using surgery and other techniques. Registration or licensing is required.
Skill Level 1 : Occupations at Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Alternative titles are any commonly used alternative title (or titles) for the occupation. These alternative titles have the same meaning as the principal title but may be less commonly used.
UNIT GROUP 2523: DENTAL PRACTITIONERS
Description: Diagnose and treat dental disease, restore normal oral function using a broad range of treatments, such as surgery and other specialist techniques, and advise on oral health.
Skill Level: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing is required.
diagnosing dental diseases using a range of methods such as radiographs, salivary tests and medical histories
providing preventative oral health care such as periodontal treatments, fluoride applications and oral health promotion
providing restorative oral care such as implants, complex crown and bridge restorations, and orthodontics, and repairing damaged and decayed teeth
providing oral surgical treatments such as biopsy of tissue and prescription of medication
performing routine orthodontic treatment
restoring oral function with removable and fixed oral prostheses
assisting in diagnosing general diseases having oral manifestations such as diabetes
educating patients to take care of their mouth and teeth
leading a dental team which may comprise Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants and other Dental Specialists