Providing dental care for the community or in a hospital setting is a team responsibility. Each member of the dental team has an important role to play in promoting and maintaining oral health. If you like the idea of working with people, as a respected professional, in a career which offers flexibility and security, a role in the dental team could be right for you. Explore the different career options below.


Woman patient at dentist

Dentists lead the dental team and have the skills and confidence to diagnose and treat problems and provide good advice to patients, as well as high levels of manual dexterity to carry out intricate surgical and dental procedures. Read more »

Dental Technician


Dental technicians, or dental technologists as they are often referred to, make the dentures, crowns, bridges and dental braces that improve patients’ appearance, speech and ability to chew. Read more »

Practice Manager

Practice Manager

Practice managers are vital to the successful running of Dental practices. You’ll manage the business aspect of the surgery, making sure that patients are at the centre of the surgery’s operations. Practice managers will work with a variety of staff who work from or are based within the practice. Read more »

Dental Hygienist

Man visiting female dentist at clinic by Jacob Lund from Noun Project

You’ll help children and adults look after their teeth and gums.

Dental hygienists are an important part of the dental team, preventing dental problems in adults and children. Read more »

Dental Nurse

Dentist and dental nurse

A dental nurse supports the dentist in all aspects of patients’ dental care.

As a dental nurse, you may help with reception work and could help any member of the dental team to treat patients of all ages, including dentists, clinical dental technicians/technologists, hygienists and therapists. Read more »

Dental Therapist

Dentist examining a patients teeth in the dentists chair at the dental clinic by Jacob Lund from Noun Project

Dental therapists are increasingly important members of the dental team and are likely to be a particularly important component of future NHS dental care.

You will do much of the straightforward work that a dentist is able to do without the need for a referral from a dentist. Read more »