Dentistry is a form of medicine that deals with diagnosing, preventing, and treating diseases of the teeth, gums, and mouth. It’s a growing field, and there are many areas of specialisation within dentistry, each offering its challenges and rewards.
This course will familiarise you with dentistry and its roles within the profession. You’ll learn about dental anatomy and physiology, common dental procedures, the different types of dentistry, and approaches to patient care.
Discover the scope and development of dentistry as a profession and the role of dentistry in public health. Gain a greater understanding of the responsibilities, education requirements and personal qualities of those working within various dentistry roles.
Learn the basics of dental anatomy, physiology, and common dental procedures, including the examination (visual and x-rays), cleaning, fillings, extractions, crowns, bonding, and root canal.
Explore dental emergencies – looking at what constitutes an emergency and examining those caused by trauma, infection, and post-extraction haemorrhage.
Follow a detailed overview of tooth development and common paediatric dental and periodontal conditions, along with how to help a child feel less intimidated during their appointment.
Explore how teeth whitening is carried out, the procedures for fitting veneers and implants and performing gum lifts within cosmetic dentistry.
Examine a range of issues common in geriatric dentistry, the different types of dentures and how they are fitted, and recommendations for managing senior patients.
Finally, the course covers best practices for providing care to a diverse range of patients, including those with severe dental anxiety and patients with additional needs. We’ll also look at maintaining good oral hygiene and clinical practices designed to aid patient comfort and satisfaction.
By studying this course, you will:
- Gain a greater understanding of dentistry as a profession and the roles within it
- Learn basic dental anatomy and physiology
- Become familiar with common dental procedures
- Explore different types of dentistry, including emergencies, paediatric, cosmetic, and geriatric
- Learn about patient care and how treatment can be adjusted to suit various patients