Dental Studies is the study of diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases and abnormalities of the teeth and adjacent tissues. It includes the study of designing, making and repairing dental prostheses and orthodontic appliances, and assisting with dental procedures.
The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of dental health, hygiene and technology, the prevention and treatment of disease, pain control, the structure and function of teeth and gums, and client care during treatment. It also involves developing an ability to assess and evaluate clinical observations to arrive at diagnoses and determine the appropriate courses of action.
Courses in Dental Studies develop skills in:
- designing, making and repairing dental prostheses and orthodontic appliances
- educating patients about dental health and oral hygiene
- filling cavities, extracting teeth, constructing inlays and crowns, performing bridge work, fitting dentures and other
- maintaining and preparing dental materials and equipment
- using dental instruments and equipment
This field comprises the following detailed fields:
- Dental Assisting
- Dental Technology
- Dental Studies, n.e.c.
Thinking about a job in this field?
Check out the courses available in this field at various Australian universities and alternative study pathway options. If you'd like to speak with someone, discuss with your Career Advisor at school, or contact the Indigenous Education Unit at any of the Australian Universities, and they’ll be able to offer advice on available local information and student support services.