Dentistry focuses on oral and maxillofacial medicine as well as on treatment for and prevention of relevant diseases and injuries. Dentistry education has been developed to meet changes in the prevalence of oral and maxillofacial diseases in the country, without forgetting new treatments.
Dentistry studies lead to dentist’s work and also provide capabilities for scientific and professional postgraduate education. Scientific postgraduate education aims at the Doctor of Dental Science degree, whereas professional postgraduate programmes lead to the Specialist Degree in Dentistry in one of four specialities.
The most common tasks of dentists are:
- filling cavities
- treating oral infections
- orthodontic treatments
- tasks relating to tooth extraction and dentures.
In addition to these corrective measures, dentists prevent oral diseases by means such as guiding clients in home care of teeth. They work in co-operation with dental hygienists.
Dentists work at health centres, hospitals and private dental surgeries. In addition, they are employed in teaching, research and administrative positions.