Join the Medical Industry

Have you thought about joining the medical industry? One of the most sought after careers is a dentist.

Career prospects as a Dentist

Dental Care

A dentist is a medical practitioner who provides both restorative and preventive treatments for diseases and disorders that affect teeth and mouth. Generally, most dentists are self-employed practitioners who provide dental services to the general public under the National Health Service (NHS) body or for private entities.

Other than being a dentist, there are a number of other careers and specialties in the dental care field for anyone to choose from; for instance, you can either be a dental hygienist, a dental therapist, a dental assistant or a dental technician.

And presently as we speak, dentistry seems to be a bright occupation for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the medical field. Becoming a dentist.

Medical training

A dentist’s work

Usually, a dentist works with a team of oral health professionals, who play different roles in treating all sorts of patients with different dental health problems. Similarly, if the team is large enough to contain a number of dentists and other health care professionals, a Dental-Care-Practitioner (GDP) is usually assigned the task of leading the team.

There are many dental practices across Hertfordshire that has successfully built up a reputation with the local towns. An example of a reputable practice is Hockerill Dental. They have been one of Hertfordshire’s leading dental practices since the 60s, and since then, have excelled themselves in offering affordable dental solutions. Book your consultation.

All patients are welcome to Hockerill Dental, including those from Stevenage, St Albans and Watford.  

With that said, what exactly does a dentist do?

  • Diagnosing dental health conditions using specialized dental tools and equipment, like an X-ray.
  • Educating patients and the community at large on dental health care.
  • Assessing the different treatment options a patient has before agreeing on a suitable plan to treat the condition.
  • Carrying out the agreed treatment–like restoring a decayed tooth or treating a gum disease.
  • Maintaining dental records for patients.
  • Recruiting, managing and training stuff.
  • Maintaining stock and managing budgets for dental equipment.
  • Marketing dental services to potential clients.


However, some practices prefer employing practice managers to give their dentists an ample time to concentrate on their work alone. For a more complex dental care or specialised treatment, a GDP may refer the patient to hospital for further treatment or diagnosis. Click here to see what careers are involved in dentistry.