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    After using so many TSR resources during my A levels, Ive decided to create an account and help my fellow prospective dental students
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    Are you doing it for the money loool
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    (Original post by greys-anatomy)
    Are you doing it for the money loool
    Let me put it this way, there are quicker ways to make £60,000 per year , that too without the 5 years of extra formal education and 2 years of training. *cough finance
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    (Original post by jayb1997)
    Let me put it this way, there are quicker ways to make £60,000 per year , that too without the 5 years of extra formal education and 2 years of training. *cough finance
    hahahahaha true that
    what uni are you at?
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    (Original post by greys-anatomy)
    hahahahaha true that
    what uni are you at?
    Kings college. Reminder: I am not representing the university on this thread
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    (Original post by jayb1997)
    Kings college. Reminder: I am not representing the university on this thread
    what do you mean not representing the university?
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    (Original post by greys-anatomy)
    what do you mean not representing the university?
    Anything I say is not on behalf of the university but drawn from my personal experiences.
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    (Original post by jayb1997)
    Anything I say is not on behalf of the university but drawn from my personal experiences.
    Oh now I feel stupid for asking that haha, maybe it would be easier for me to PM you to talk about dentistry at kings?
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    (Original post by greys-anatomy)
    Oh now I feel stupid for asking that haha, maybe it would be easier for me to PM you to talk about dentistry at kings?
    haha no worries, we all have our moments. Yeah PM is fine whatever floats your boat. Im just here to help.
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    I have quite a few questions so please answer as many as you can
    1. Is the first year mainly theory or hands on?
    2. How often are lectures, and for how long?
    3. What type of dentist do you want to be?
    4. Apart from work experience, what did you do that appealed to the universities?
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    (Original post by dakofsta)
    I have quite a few questions so please answer as many as you can
    1. Is the first year mainly theory or hands on?
    2. How often are lectures, and for how long?
    3. What type of dentist do you want to be?
    4. Apart from work experience, what did you do that appealed to the universities?
    Hello dakofsta

    1. Mainly theory. There are roughly 130 lectures we are expected to know for our end of year exams which focus mostly on biomedical sciences and a little Oral biology. However this said, every week each student is paired with a 5th year dental student whilst they carry out surgery. We're expected to nurse the patients (suction, getting materials from the supply etc etc.) which makes for a great learning experience. Firstly we can see what dentistry actually is (beyond the 2 weeks compulsory work experience before uni) and secondly its a great way to learn and socialise with the upper years, making the whole degree a lot more interesting.
    2. Lectures are 50 minutes each and and 10 minute break between them (no way, a full ten minutes? lol) On a typical day expect 2 or 3 lectures. On top of this, there are also experimental sessions (once a month roughly) and tutorials (twice a month roughly).
    3. I haven't decided yet as I need to see more of the specialities however Oral surgery seems very interesting, after shadowing the surgeons at Guys hospital. (Very gory, but awesome). But realistically speaking, doing a post graduate course after a 5 year degree and 2 year training doesn't sound very exciting LOL. But who knows.
    4. I did an EPQ based on dentistry. If I remember correctly it was about the oral cavity and cancer or something. I also did extensive voluntary work. As well as working on my manual dexterity (origami and electronic circuit building). I demonstrated EC actives (such as sports and spiritual), showing that I'lll be an active member of the university community.
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    (Original post by jayb1997)
    After using so many TSR resources during my A levels, Ive decided to create an account and help my fellow prospective dental students

    Describe some of the features of resistance and retention form in a class II cavity preparation.

    EDIT: Actually you may not have done cariology yet... Describe some of the Advantages/Disadvantages of Composite vs. Amalgam.
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    (Original post by Kartace)
    Describe some of the features of resistance and retention form in a class II cavity preparation.

    EDIT: Actually you may not have done cariology yet... Describe some of the Advantages/Disadvantages of Composite vs. Amalgam.
    Hello Kartace!

    I'd love to answer your question but unfortunately we haven't covered dental materials yet. That comes next year for us when we start using our phantom heads
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    (Original post by jayb1997)
    Hello Kartace!

    I'd love to answer your question but unfortunately we haven't covered dental materials yet. That comes next year for us when we start using our phantom heads
    haha OK fair enough, i know every uni has a slightly different curriculum. We had a bit of materials in first year.

    How about this then...list the cranial nerves and the functions of the V and VII nerve?
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    Isn't it disgusting working with teeth? What if the person has really smelly breath? Has anyone bitten you?
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    (Original post by Hevachan)
    Isn't it disgusting working with teeth? What if the person has really smelly breath? Has anyone bitten you?
    I don't want to crash the thread but as the OP is in first year they won't have seen any patients personally i wouldn't have thought (Please correct me if I'm wrong)

    But in my experience, teeth are no more disgusting than any other part of the human body. Being a gynecologist can be pretty gross, GPs have to look at all sorts of manky things and of course we have colorectal surgeons, NHS healthcare isn't a particularly glamorous business when you get down to it. However, i'd still rather look into people's mouth all day that stare mindlessly into a computer screen or have to work as a street/sewer cleaner or imagine working in an abattoir, that seems gross to me. At least i feel like i'm making a difference and tbh i enjoy interacting with people.

    As for the breath, most patients are ok...some are really bad. That's what masks are for, i can think of only a couple of occasions where the mask isn't enough and those were pretty grim.

    Bitten - yes...quite a few times, occupational hazard unfortunately.Nothing serious yet or enough to draw blood, but always a surprise when it occurs. I always keep an instrument in the mouth, that way, if someone clamps down, i have something to discourage them. (Children seem to find this an amusing passtime tbh)
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    (Original post by Kartace)
    I don't want to crash the thread but as the OP is in first year they won't have seen any patients personally i wouldn't have thought (Please correct me if I'm wrong)

    But in my experience, teeth are no more disgusting than any other part of the human body. Being a gynecologist can be pretty gross, GPs have to look at all sorts of manky things and of course we have colorectal surgeons, NHS healthcare isn't a particularly glamorous business when you get down to it. However, i'd still rather look into people's mouth all day that stare mindlessly into a computer screen or have to work as a street/sewer cleaner or imagine working in an abattoir, that seems gross to me. At least i feel like i'm making a difference and tbh i enjoy interacting with people.

    As for the breath, most patients are ok...some are really bad. That's what masks are for, i can think of only a couple of occasions where the mask isn't enough and those were pretty grim.

    Bitten - yes...quite a few times, occupational hazard unfortunately.Nothing serious yet or enough to draw blood, but always a surprise when it occurs. I always keep an instrument in the mouth, that way, if someone clamps down, i have something to discourage them. (Children seem to find this an amusing passtime tbh)
    Thank you for your reply the reason i ask is because im a bit of a dentist-aphobic so it's probably my worst nightmare :') but yeah you're right it could be a lot worse!
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    I am about to start year 12 and I guess I'm just in a place of self doubt. I was awarded 6A's and 3B's at GCSE and I wanted them to be 6A*s and 3As. I'm just wondering if I have a chance of getting into dental school because I know there will definetly be applicants with higher grades than mine. I would really appreciate an honest response so if you think I haven't got a fighting chance i would appreciate the honesty rather than setting myself up for failure. I've checked dental school GCSE requirements and all except three are within the GCSE grades that I achieved. However I'm still in doubt. Please try and get back to me
 
 
 
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