You can take up an internship at a dental clinic while pursuing your medical degree in dentistry. This will help you learn on the job and understand how dentists work. While you may not perform solo procedures at this stage, you will be able to understand all the other functions required to run a clinic.
As an assistant to a dentist, your job will involve help the dentist on a day-to-day basis with patients. You will gain experience in diagnosing and treating patients. You will also learn how to perform important procedures like implants or dental repair. In the dentist’s absence, you can offer consultations to patients. While a procedure is going on, you will have to keep the patient’s mouth dry by using machines like the suction hose. A suction tube dries the mouth by removing saliva. You will also measure teeth when required for dentures or replacements.
Once you gain experience and setup your own practice, you can hire assistants and train them. Apart from dealing with dental problems, you will also have to conduct regular check-ups on patients (usually done annually) and treat them if necessary.