Profession dental practitioner

Dental practitioners prevent, diagnose and treat anomalies and diseases affecting the teeth, mouth, jaws and adjoining tissues.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Surgery

    The essential procedures in surgical practice such as the principle of safe surgery, the pathophysiology of wound healing, knot tying, tissue handling, retraction and any other instruments and procedures used in the operating room.

  • Clinical disciplines in dentistry

    The clinical disciplines and methods, providing the coherent picture of anomalies, lesions and diseases of the teeth, mouth, jaws and associated tissues and of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic dentistry.

  • Cosmetic dental procedures

    The dental restoration procedures and treatments that enhance the appearance of patients` teeth such as bleaching, enamel recontouring and adhesive dentistry, porcelain veneers, inlays, onlays and dental crowns.

  • Anaesthetics

    Anaesthetics is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Medico-biological and medical sciences related to dentistry

    The constitution, physiology and behaviour of healthy and sick persons as well as the influence of the natural and social environment on the state of health of the human being, in so far as these factors affect dentistry.

  • Mouth anatomy

    The structure and function of the teeth, mouth, jaws and associated tissues, both healthy and diseased, and their relationship to the general state of health and to the physical and social well-being of the patient.

  • Dentistry science

    The sciences on which dentistry is based and an understanding of scientific methods, such as the principles of measuring biological functions, the evaluation of scientifically established facts and the analysis of data.

Skills

  • Deal with patients' anxiety

    Recognise and handle the fears of patients undergoing a dental treatment.

  • Refer healthcare users

    Make referrals to other professionals, based on the healthcare user's requirements and needs, especially when recognising that additional healthcare diagnostics or interventions are required.

  • Rehabilitate worn dentition

    Manage tooth caries, defects and aesthetic problems, using techniques that conserve tooth structure and preserve pulp vitality to restore form and function.

  • Contribute to continuity of health care

    Contribute to the delivery of coordinated and continuous healthcare.

  • Provide instruction in orthodontic procedures

    Lead orthodontic procedures, providing clear instructions to dental staff and technical assistants.

  • Provide treatment strategies for challenges to human health

    Identify possible treatment protocols for the challenges to human health within a given community in cases such as infectious diseases of high consequences at the global level.

  • Treat tooth decay

    Treat tooth decay by assessing the risk, extent and activity of tooth decay, and recommend and provide appropriate therapy, whether surgical or non-surgical.

  • Manage infection control in the facility

    Implement a set of measures to prevent and control infections, formulating and establishing health and safety procedures and policies.

  • Apply organisational techniques

    Employ a set of organisational techniques and procedures which facilitate the achievement of the set goals set such as detailed planning of personnel's schedules. Use these resources efficiently and sustainably, and show flexibility when required.

  • Correct temporomandibular joint abnormalities

    Correct joint abnormalities by realigning the teeth to improve the patient`s bite and help the jaw fit together properly.

  • Manage dental emergencies

    Handle dental emergencies which are diverse in their nature, such as infections, bacterial, fungal, and viral, fractured teeth, responding to each individual case with a treatment that is unique to the situation.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Discuss dental treatment options with patient

    Discuss findings, diagnoses, aetiology with the patient and let the patient participate in considering risks, benefits and prognoses of the treatment options.

  • Educate on the prevention of illness

    Offer evidence-based advice on how to avoid ill health, educate and advise individuals and their carers on how to prevent ill health and/or be able to advise how to improve their environment and health conditions. Provide advice on the identification of risks leading to ill health and help to increase the patients' resilience by targeting prevention and early intervention strategies.

  • Apply context specific clinical competences

    Apply professional and evidence based assessment, goal setting, delivery of intervention and evaluation of clients, taking into account the developmental and contextual history of the clients, within one`s own scope of practice.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Manage healthcare users' data

    Keep accurate client records which also satisfy legal and professional standards and ethical obligations in order to facilitate client management, ensuring that all clients' data (including verbal, written and electronic) are treated confidentially.

  • Follow clinical guidelines

    Follow agreed protocols and guidelines in support of healthcare practice which are provided by healthcare institutions, professional associations, or authorities and also scientific organisations.

  • Manage adverse reactions to anaesthesia

    Handle patients with adverse reactions to anaesthetics administered during the operation.

  • Treat cases of malocclusion

    Treat and eliminate malocclusion, a bad fit between the upper and lower teeth, which affects chewing ability. Restore full function to the teeth by removing certain teeth, making room for teeth still erupting, then attach braces to the teeth to straighten the bite.

  • Advise on healthcare users' informed consent

    Ensure patients/clients are fully informed about the risks and benefits of proposed treatments so they can give informed consent, engaging patients/clients in the process of their care and treatment.

  • Manage edentulous patients

    Manage patients who lack one or more teeth by providing fixed, removable and implant prostheses.

  • Interact with healthcare users

    Communicate with clients and their carer’s, with the patient’s permission, to keep them informed about the clients’ and patients’ progress and safeguarding confidentiality.

  • Accept own accountability

    Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

  • Empathise with the healthcare user

    Understand the background of clients` and patients’ symptoms, difficulties and behaviour. Be empathetic about their issues; showing respect and reinforcing their autonomy, self-esteem and independence. Demonstrate a concern for their welfare and handle according to the personal boundaries, sensitivities, cultural differences and preferences of the client and patient in mind.

  • Lead the dental team

    Act as the leader of the dental team by providing clear instructions to the staff, depending on the dental procedures undertaken.

  • Provide periodontal treatment

    Manage gum conditions and diseases, providing periodontal treatment as needed and monitoring treatment outcomes.

  • Restore teeths' natural colour

    Bleach, clean or polish teeth to restore natural colour.

  • Perform multiple tasks at the same time

    Execute multiple tasks at the same time, being aware of key priorities.

  • Ensure proper appointment administration

    Develop cancellation policies and policies on payment for `no shows`and follow a procedure for arranging appointments. Provide information about waiting times and waiting lists, ensuring that patients are informed in time about any changes to their appointments, and aware of costs and/or fees, and the possibility of public or private health insurance.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Work in a multicultural environment in health care

    Interact, relate and communicate with individuals from a variety of different cultures, when working in a healthcare environment.

  • Counsel on nutrition and its impact on oral health

    Counsel patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health.

  • Differentiate between maxillofacial tissues

    Distinguish abnormally hard and soft tissues of the maxillofacial complex from normal tissues.

  • Respond to changing situations in health care

    Cope with pressure and respond appropriately and in time to unexpected and rapidly changing situations in healthcare.

  • Minimise occupational hazards in dentistry practice

    Understand and implement procedures to minimise occupational hazards in dentistry.

  • Use orthodontic tools

    Use orthodontic tools such as gauges, dental placement instruments, probes, scissors, and X-ray units.

  • Diagnose abnormalities of dental-facial structures

    Assess abnormalities in jaw development, tooth position, and other structures of the teeth and face.

  • Promote inclusion

    Promote inclusion in health care and social services and respect diversity of beliefs, culture, values and preferences, keeping in mind the importance of equality and diversity issues.

  • Deal with emergency care situations

    Assess the signs and be well-prepared for a situation that poses an immediate threat to a person's health, security, property or environment.  

  • Undertake clinical audit

    Undertake internal clinical audit through the collection of statistical, financial and other data related to service delivery.

  • Apply health sciences

    Apply a broad range of bio-medical, psycho-social, organisational, educational, and societal aspects of health, disease, and healthcare to improve healthcare services and to improve quality of life.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Treat snoring problems

    Treat snoring problems using special appliances and/or laser surgery.

  • Interpret findings from medical examinations

    Interpret the findings from a patient`s history, clinical examination, radiographic examination, and other diagnostic tests and procedures.

  • Manage occlusion

    Assess how the teeth of the lower jaw fit to the teeth of the upper jaw, recognising and managing malocclusion, or a bad contact between the teeth.

  • Carry out local anesthesia in dental procedures

    Achieve local anaesthesia for dental procedures, managing complications related to anaesthesia.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Promote health and safety policies in health services

    Promote adherence to local, regional, national and EU Health and Safety legislation, policies, guidelines and protocols.

  • Perform dental clinical examination

    Perform a comprehensive examination of the patient`s teeth and gums, collecting data using clinical, radiographic, and periodontal techniques as well as dental charting and other techniques in order to assess the patient`s needs.

  • Fit dental appliances

    Fit dental appliances in the patient`s mouth to alter the position of teeth and jaws or realign teeth.

  • Treat exposure of dental pulp

    Treat exposure of tooth pulp by pulp capping, removal of pulp from pulp chamber, or root canal, using dental instruments.

  • Work in multidisciplinary health teams

    Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

  • Supervise dental staff

    Supervise the work of dental staff, making sure they manage equipment and supplies appropriately.

  • Keep records for dental prostheses

    Make the required records for the laboratory fabrication of dental prostheses and appliances.

  • Use e-health and mobile health technologies

    Use mobile health technologies and e-health (online applications and services) in order to enhance the provided healthcare.

  • Provide health education

    Provide evidence based strategies to promote healthy living, disease prevention and management.

  • Write prescriptions for medication in dentistry

    Determine indications and contraindications for the use of medication in dental practice, determining their dosages and routes of administration and writing prescriptions for medication used in dentistry.

  • Perform oral health diagnosis

    Obtain and record a comprehensive history of the patient`s medical, oral and dental state, performing an appropriate physical examination, interpreting the findings and organising further investigations such as imaging and biopsies, in order to develop a differential, provisional or definitive diagnosis.

  • Select materials for orthodontic appliances

    Determine the appropriate materials for removable or permanent orthodontic appliances, paying attention to design and function as specified by prescription.

  • Develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship

    Develop a mutually collaborative therapeutic relationship during treatment, fostering and gaining healthcare users' trust and cooperation.

Optional knowledge and skills

employ foreign languages for health-related research employ foreign languages in care train employees handle payments in dentistry conduct continuing professional development workshops record healthcare users' billing information inform policy makers on health-related challenges pedagogy impact of social contexts on health contribute to practice innovation in health care conduct health related research employment law organise public oral health programmes manage healthcare staff build community relations