Dentist Job Canada



Dentist Job Canada: dentists diagnose, prevent, and treat problems with teeth or mouth tissue. They remove decay, fill cavities, examine x rays, place protective plastic sealants on children's teeth, straighten teeth, and repair fractured teeth. They also perform corrective surgery on gums and supporting bones to treat gum diseases.

Dentists extract teeth and make models and measurements for dentures to replace missing teeth. They provide instruction on diet, brushing, flossing, the use of fluorides, and other aspects of dental care. They also administer anesthetics and write prescriptions for antibiotics and other medications.

Dentists use a variety of equipment, including x-ray machines; drills; and instruments such as mouth mirrors, probes, forceps, brushes, and scalpels. They wear masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases.

Dentist Job Canada Specialty Practitioners
Most dentists are general practitioners, handling a variety of dental needs. Other dentists practice in any of nine specialty areas:

Orthodontists, the largest group of specialists, straighten teeth by applying pressure to the teeth with braces or retainers.

Some  may specialize as pediatric dentists (focusing on dentistry for children)

Periodontists treat gums and bone supporting the teeth.

Prosthodontists replace missing teeth with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or with removable fixtures such as dentures.

Endodontists focus primarily on root canal therapy

Public health dentists promote good dental health and prevention of dental diseases within the community

Oral pathologists study oral diseases

Oral maxillofacial radiologists diagnose diseases in the head and neck through the use of imaging technologies

Working Conditions
Dentists work in an office or clinic. They usually spend a significant amount of time standing and using equipment with their hands.  Good manual dexterity is helpful. They may work Saturdays.  Typically they work 35 hour a week with some working overtime.
 
Training and Qualifications for the Dentist Job Canada
Dentists are healthcare practitioners who specialize in oral health. The general dentist usually has a baccalaureate degree with a heavy emphasis on chemistry, biology and physiology followed by a four year program which leads to a Doctor of Dentistry degree.

In order to qualify for a specialty the dentist must complete a residency in the area of specialization.  An Oral Maxillary surgeon, for example, would have to complete a 2-5 year program of training in Oral surgery.

Licensing and Credentials
In all Canadian provinces and territories the practice of dentistry is regulated. The usual method to be a credentialed and licensed dentist is:
1) Possess the amount of training and/or a degree from an accredited school of dental medicine
2) Pass an exam
3) Apply for licensure in the province or territory where you wish to practice.

Socialized Medicine
In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system.  This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.

Significant Points
In Canada, most dentists are solo practitioners.

As of January 2007, 18,861 were licensed regulated dentists in Canada.  76% were male and 24% were female.
 
Dentists usually complete at least 8 years of education beyond high school.

Shortages of dentists in Canada make job prospects very good.
 
The management of a dental practice requires the same skills as for a small business; accounts receivable, hiring employees, and business overhead are just a few of the many details that will have to be dealt with.