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Careers in Dental Surgery

What to expect from a career in dental surgery

Dental surgery is a multi-faceted and rewarding career choice for any individual. It is so much more than providing a check-up or a filling for a patient. Dental surgeons work in many different environments over a range of specialist areas at a variety of levels, allowing you to focus your clinical practice as you wish.

Dental surgery provides you with a secure career that can be pursued both in the UK and overseas. The healthcare workforce, including dentists, is required by all nations to improve the oral health of their populations. Even if you stay in one place, every day in dentistry is different, providing a range of emotional and intellectual challenges – a great asset if you want more than just a salary from your work.

So, if you are the kind of person who enjoys helping people, relishes an ever-changing and rapidly developing clinical environment, thrives on working as part of a team, is compassionate and manually dextrous, then dental surgery is for you.

There are plenty of avenues that allow you to care for patients, work with others, teach, undertake research, write, develop policy and improve the quality of healthcare. It is the breadth of opportunities to help patients either by directly providing their care or by supporting those who do that makes dentistry and its various specialties a unique and rewarding profession.

The Faculty booklet Careers in Dental Surgery 2012 provides an overview of the careers available in dental surgery. If you would like a hardcopy careers booklet posted to you, please email nwalcott@rcseng.ac.uk

Online dental career resources

View our list of useful dental career websites.

Trainees from overseas

For further advice and information please see the National Advice Centre for Postgraduate Dental Education (NACDPE).

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