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I'm really struggling with picking between dentistry and dental technology. My parents are discouraging me from picking dental technology for uni because 'machines' will be doing it for us in the future but I found it really interesting :/. They're really pushing me to do dentistry but I don't know if I'll even get accepted as my UKCAT score was quite low. I'm was planning on applying for both but my parents are making me apply for dentistry for all my choice. Any advice on whether I should listen to my parents or apply for both?
they are very different degrees. if you want to do dent then apply, if you dont then dont apply. 5 years is a very long time trust me. with dent tech make sure theres a clear career path after because that is something you get with dent that i dont think you would with dent tech
A degree in Dental technology could naturally precede a career as a dental lab technician - and there’s definitely a need for them.
OP, definitely don’t pick a career based on what you’re parents want you to do - it’ll be you who’ll be living with the consequences (be it good or bad) of that decision for many years to come. If dental technology interests you, do more research into it and be firm with what you want to do. I’ve seen the result of people who do a degree their parent’s chose and it doesn’t always end well.
Yeah it would be possible to do a dental tec course after dentistry, but you’ll probably have to fund it yourself, you get a set number of years with student finance, for an undergraduate degree. So for example my initial course was 4 years so I get 4 years of funding, you get 1 retake year that’s paid for but if you have more than one then you fund that too. There’s lots of options into dental tec qualifications, so you can do a level 3 (Btec), foundation degree (equilivant to a level 5) or an undergraduate degree, each lead for you to be able to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) as a dental technician. There isn’t much difference in pay if you graduate from a level 3,5 or 6 from what I’ve gathered but obviously with an undergraduate degree you get the option to do a masters degree if you want to. Which unis did you apply for dental tec?