You will begin your career by assisting a dentist. At this point, your tasks would involve preparing a patient for treatment, sterilising the instruments used by the dentist, making moulds for teeth, scheduling appointments and ordering supplies. You may even assist the dentist on certain procedures. Once you’ve gained enough experience and confidence to practice on your own, you will begin handling patients.
Dentists normally work indoors. This job requires you to wear a lab coat, protective gloves and masks while conducting a procedure. You could join a clinic or even work in the dentistry department of a hospital. Here, you will work in shifts. Once you gain enough experience, you can set up your own practice. This will help you choose your own working hours for consultation and procedures. You could also teach at a dental college, where you interact with students and help them learn about the latest procedures.
Unlike other medical professions, you work alone and make decisions on your own. You should be able to set goals and achieve them without requiring aid or feedback.