Dentists diagnose, treat, prevent and control disorders of the teeth and mouth.
oral and maxillofacial surgeon
public health dentist
Occupations in this group are characterized by the following aptitudes, interests and worker functions as they relate to main duties:
- General learning ability to diagnose disease, injury and decay, and to plan appropriate treatment by examining patients' teeth, gums and surrounding tissues
- Verbal ability to write fabrication instructions and prescriptions for use by denturists and dental technicians, and to supervise dental hygienists, dental assistants and other staff
- Numerical ability to administer anesthetics, and to fill cavities with amalgam, silver, gold and other materials
- Spatial and form perception to interpret X-rays and identify abnormalities such as diseases, injuries and malformation of the teeth, gums and other oral structures
- Motor co-ordination and finger dexterity to perform oral surgery, periodontal surgery and other treatments
- Manual dexterity to restore, extract and replace diseased and decayed teeth, and to clean teeth
- Innovative interest in co-ordinating information gathered from examining patients' teeth, gums and surrounding tissue to design bridgework, fit dentures and provide appliances to correct abnormal positioning of the teeth and jaws
- Objective interest in precision working with dental and surgical instruments
- Social interest in mentoring patients by instructing them on oral hygiene to prevent dental problems
1Close visual acuity
3*Sitting, standing, walking
1Upper limb co-ordination
L1Regulated inside climate
H3Equipment, machinery, tools
- One to four years of pre-dentistry university studies, or, in Quebec, completion of a college program in sciences
a university degree from a recognized dental program are required.
- Licensing by a provincial or territorial regulatory body is required.
- Licensing for specializations is required.
Public health facilities
Dentists in general practice can move into a specialized practice through advanced training.
Certification by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada entitles dentists or graduates of approved dental programs to practise dentistry in any province in Canada provided requirements set out by the provincial and territorial licensing authorities are met.
Dental Assistants (3411)
Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists (3222)
Dental Technologists, Technicians and Laboratory Bench Workers (3223)
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.
* Physical Activities
For some occupations in this group, B
ody Position 4 (Other body positions) may also apply.
* Environmental Conditions
For some occupations in this group, H
azards H5 (Radiation) may also apply.