Dentists are able to use their knowledge, problem-solving and technical skills to help people in times of distress and pain. They can also greatly improve a patient's quality of life, boosting their self-esteem by restoring or improving their smile.
Following completion of the typical 5-year Dentistry course a period (as little as 1 year or as many as 3 years) of paid dental foundation training/ vocational training (DFT/VT) is necessary; this takes place in an approved NHS training practice where typical primary care is provided . Further NHS dental work is then usually taken in a hospital or community setting though the type may differ depending on the career path followed.
The career path for dentists is varied with lots of areas of sub-specialisation. Many specialities require further study for postgraduate degrees while continued profession development (CPD) is necessary as a dentist to maintain year on year registration with the GDC.