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Dentistry: More than teeth



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