Downsides of Dentistry + what else do they do other than treat patients

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Can anyone please enlighten me on both the questions of...
-What are the downsides of dentistry?
-What do dentists do other than treat patients?
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Downsides
-Constantly busy, practices are always full of patients, each dentist has a lot of patients (if working for NHS)
-Patients may not be happy with your work even when you’ve tried your best
-it’s so easy to fall behind schedule and run late making patients annoyed

Other roles
-They should promote good oral health and give advice to patients even if they have healthy teeth
-They may do research to further the dentistry field and so work in a lab, not a general dental practice
-They may actually design new dental product e.g new materials to use with better properties -They may teach students e.g uni lecturers
-You can go into the business side of Dentistry and open many practices and become the owner/manager instead of the actual dentist
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(Original post by ambercairney)
Downsides
-Constantly busy, practices are always full of patients, each dentist has a lot of patients (if working for NHS)
-Patients may not be happy with your work even when you’ve tried your best
-it’s so easy to fall behind schedule and run late making patients annoyed

Other roles
-They should promote good oral health and give advice to patients even if they have healthy teeth
-They may do research to further the dentistry field and so work in a lab, not a general dental practice
-They may actually design new dental product e.g new materials to use with better properties -They may teach students e.g uni lecturers
-You can go into the business side of Dentistry and open many practices and become the owner/manager instead of the actual dentist
Thank you!!!
How would you overcome the downsides and “deal” with them?
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(Original post by Hamzahhhx)
Thank you!!!
How would you overcome the downsides and “deal” with them?
Hmm it’s hard to deal with the fact you have a lot of patients, I don’t think that can be fixed really as it’s up to the government how many places there are available to study dentistry so there’s no way of really increasing the amount of dentists other than maybe to source them from other countries but that already happens.

There’s no way of changing a persons opinion of your work either, so all you can do is be very honest if you think a procedure may not work or if you are having difficulties at any point while treating the patient and make sure their expectations are realistic.

And for the timing issue, just be very apologetic if you are running late and make sure the patients are aware of the time delay at all times. Also if a procedure isn’t urgent don’t attempt it if you have little time left, book the patient in for the next day.
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Dentists can also perform small cosmetic surgeries and procedures if they take some short course.
As a dentist you’ll need to learn a lot about head and neck anatomy such that when you look at someone you’ll spot all the anatomical features 😁
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