Dentists perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Examine patients' teeth, gums and surrounding tissue to diagnose disease, injury and decay and plan appropriate treatment
B. Restore, extract and replace diseased and decayed teeth
C. Perform oral surgery, periodontal surgery and other treatments
D. Clean teeth and instruct patients on oral hygiene
E. Design bridgework, fit dentures and provide appliances to correct abnormal positioning of the teeth and jaws, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for use by denturists and dental technicians
F. Supervise dental hygienists, dental assistants and other staff.
G. Dentists may specialize in such areas as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, oral radiology or public health dentistry.
1. You must complete one to four years of pre-dental university studies or, in Quebec, a college program in science, and must hold a university degree from a recognized dental program.
2. You must also obtain a licence from the regulatory body in the province/territory where you'll work.
3. You need advanced training and an additional licence to specialize.
4. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.
The average hourly wages for Dentists is $26.57/HR, which is above average for occupations in the health sector and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.