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What Are The Benefits Of Working As A Dentist In The UK?

By Jason Edwards

If you are a qualified dentist and want to work as a dentist in the UK you will find that there are many benefits which can help to drastically improve your lifestyle. If you are a European Economic Area national and have a dental qualification then you are eligible to work for the NHS. This is a superb opportunity for any European dentist for many reasons.

A salary for a qualified dentist working for the NHS can be in the region of 50,000 although it will vary slightly from job to job depending on the location and benefits offered by each individual position. There will usually be a guaranteed minimum income provided however.

The structure of the average NHS dentist is as follows. The practice is usually owned and run by practising dentists or will sometimes be a centre set up by a local NHS organisation. In the practice there will usually be two or more dental surgeons and they will be supported by dental nurses and administrative staff and receptionists. The receptionists will be the first point of contact for the patient as they enter the practice as well as being the main providers of administrative support for dental surgeons.

As far as a normal NHS dentist is required most of their day will be spent treating patients. Half the population in the UK is registered with the local surgery and will attend the clinic twice a year for a routine check up. In two thirds of cases most patients will not require any further treatment apart from a little tooth cleaning and a bit of descaling.

Occasionally however, in fact in about 30% of cases, more treatment will be required. These will take the form of treatments such as fillings, caps or bridges. These treatments will nearly always be carried out at the practice itself under anaesthetic. While these treatments are being carried out, the dentist will have a dental nurse on hand at all times.

Added benefits of working for the NHS are typically free healthcare for you and your family, a great pension scheme and opportunities for NHS funded education.

To find more information about dentist recruitment in the UK then visit the website of Integrated Dental Holdings at

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