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Australian Dental Council 

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) is an independent accreditation authority assigned the accreditation functions for the dental professions by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). 

A not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001, the ADC works to protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring dental practitioners meet the high standards required of the dental professions in Australia. This is achieved through the accreditation of education and training programs and the assessment of overseas trained dental practitioners.

Let's  have a look of different career paths in dental field:

Dental Hygienist

Assessing the state of a person's oral health and advising ways to treat gum diseases such as Gingivitis 

Removing tartar, plaque and stains from teeth, as well as polishing them 

Educating people on the best ways to prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities 

Providing nutritional tips to aid in good oral health 

Applying fluoride treatments, gum dressings, dental mouth sheets and professional tooth whitening agents 

Administering and interpreting dental X-rays 

Use plaster models of the mouth to create customised mouthguards

Dental Therapist

Assessing, treating dental disease in children and adolescents 

Providing general dental treatment for children including cleaning and polishing teeth, filling cavities, X-ray services and extracting baby teeth under local anaesthetic 

Referring more complex dental issues to a dentist 

Educating and encouraging children, either in a clinic or classroom, to actively care for their oral health 

Creating awareness in the community of the sorts of healthy food options that aid good oral health

Oral Health Therapist

The work an oral health therapist undertakes can be very similar to a dentist’s; however, it centres mostly on motivating people to take better care of their oral health. They perform general dental treatments for children (including examinations, fillings, and tooth extractions), assessment and treatment of gum diseases, as well as oral health promotion and disease prevention.


Using oral exams, a patient's medical history, X-rays and tests to diagnose dental disease 

Explaining to patients why a particular course of action is necessary and the ways to prevent a recurrence of the condition being treated 

Providing preventive care via teeth cleaning, application of fluoride and other pharmaceutical interventions 

Restoring teeth using crowns, veneers, fillings and the like 

Replacing lost teeth with crowns and dentures 

Oral surgery e.g., the removal of wisdom teeth 

Supervising treatments by allied dental staff such as hygienists and prosthetists 

Writing of prescriptions to help in the control of pain and disease management 

Oversight of the day to day management of your dental practice.

Dental Prosthetist

Referring patients with more complex issues to a dentist or specialist dentist 

Creating impressions of peoples' teeth so you can make customised dentures and mouthguards 

Ensuring the finished denture and mouthguards fits appropriately 

Maintaining and repairing existing dental prostheses 

Educating patients on oral health hygiene techniques

Dental Specialist in Endodontics

In Australia, an endodontist is a specialised dentist who undertakes additional, post graduate training at university beyond dental school. Their training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canal treatment and other pulp damaged of infected procedures. By undergoing this training, an endodontist will specialise in extensive tooth and tooth pulp pain treatment.

Dental Specialist in Periodontics

Periodontics is a specialised field of dentistry concerned with the treatment of structures surrounding and supporting the teeth, particularly the gums. 

Periodontists spend the majority of their time treating gum disease, performing gum surgery (such as gum lifts), performing bone grafting surgery and placing dental implants. 

Gum disease (periodontitis) is chronic infection that causes deterioration of the gums and underlying bone that supports your teeth; symptoms include soreness, swelling or bleeding gums. Treatment is important to prevent unsightly receding gums, sensitivity and ultimately tooth loss.

Dental Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a medical specialist who treats injuries and other conditions of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. These may include cleft palates, wisdom teeth problems, facial injuries, oral cancer and tumours and cysts of the jaw.

Dental Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

This lesser-known branch of dentistry – oral and maxillofacial pathology ¬– is all about diagnosing diseases in the head, neck, mouth (oral) or the jaws and face (maxillofacial region). Oral and maxillofacial pathologists use soft tissue and bone biopsies with the information from dental examinations and x-rays to investigate patients’ cases.

Dental Specialist in Forensic Odontology

Forensic odontology is a specialist dental science required within the criminal justice system. Forensic odontologists perform examinations required by law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and coroners. They work to identify perpetrators and victims, usually by comparing dental records with human remains and bite marks. 

conduct oral autopsies, bite-mark examinations and age estimations 

study the history and ethics of dental forensics and its role within the law 

prepare case records and reports 

explore video and computer imaging techniques.

Dental Specialist in Orthodontics

Orthodontists are dental specialists. They specialise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities to help correctly align teeth, bites and jaws, including straightening teeth. 

Orthodontists are registered dental specialists who have completed an additional three years of full-time University training in orthodontics, facial growth and development, biology and biomechanics (they hold a General Dental Degree + Specialist Orthodontic Degree). 

Orthodontists are facial growth and dental development experts. They diagnose and treat crooked teeth, bad bites and poorly aligned jaws. 

Orthodontists are experts in all orthodontic treatment options and technologies for children, teens and adults.

Dental Specialist in Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is a speciality dealing with reconstructive dentistry. A prosthodontist is a specialist who is skilled in the replacement of missing teeth (and associated tissues) and the restoration of natural teeth. 

Fixed prosthodontics, both tooth and implant supported 

Implant overdentures • Aesthetic procedures 

Complete and partial removable prosthodontics 

Temporomandibular joint and masticatory muscle disorders 

Dental materials and hypersensitivities 

Dento-facial trauma and rehabilitation following corrective jaw surgery 

Congenital and developmental defects of the teeth and jaws 

Maxillofacial prosthodontics

Dental Specialist in Special Needs Dentistry

The branch of dentistry that is concerned with the oral health care of people with an intellectual disability, medical, physical or psychiatric conditions that require special methods or techniques to prevent or treat oral health problems or where such conditions necessitate special dental treatment plans 

providing oral health care to patients with special needs 

applying psychological and behaviour modification techniques 

identifying the need for sedation and/or general anaesthesia 

assessing and managing orofacial pain 

advising other practitioners who are providing oral health care to patients with special needs, and 

advocating for provisions of oral health services for patients with special needs

Dental Specialist in Oral Medicine

Deals with the diagnosis, and non-surgical treatment of disease and pain in patients with chronic and medically-related disorders of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.

Dental Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry

Focus on preventive and corrective dental care for children and adolescents as well providing oral hygiene education for parents.

Dental Specialist in Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology

Uses diagnostic imaging procedures to identify conditions of the head and neck, with a particular focus on the jaws and teeth.

Dental Specialist in Public Health Dentistry (Community Dentistry)

Work with communities in a non-clinical capacity to improve their overall dental health through education and ongoing programs.

Dental Specialist in Oral Surgery

Deals with the diagnosis and surgical management of diseases and injuries affecting mouth, teeth and jaw sockets.

Endorsement – Conscious sedation

Conscious sedation is a technique used in dental practice to induce a depression of consciousness during which patients are able to respond purposefully to verbal commands or light tactile stimulation. 

Only dentists, including dental specialists, whose registration is endorsed for conscious sedation can use this technique in their practice.

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