#HC-03-23 Discover Dentistry

  • Categories Healthcare
  • Duration 14h
  • Total Enrolled 4
  • Last Update September 30, 2020

About Course

The University of Sheffield


What do dentists do and why is it important?

Anyone who’s ever had a toothache can attest to the vital role dentists play in ensuring good public health. But behind the cliches of the profession lies a rich and relevant history waiting to be discovered.

On this course, you’ll explore the intricacies of what dentists do.

Joining Professor Christopher Stokes from the School of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Sheffield, you’ll learn the essentials of dentistry from leading dental experts.

You’ll learn about the different roles on a dental team, explore tooth anatomy and disease, and find out how dentistry differs from country to country.

You’ll also learn how to become a dentist and get a valuable introduction to studying dentistry degrees.

What topics will you cover?

  • The public perception of dentistry in modern societies
  • Definition of dental team roles, including the dentist, nurse, hygienist/therapist, dental technician and practice manager
  • Key aspects of tooth anatomy, morphology, development and disease
  • How to carry out dental charting and the systems used in different countries
  • Dental specialisms, including dental pathology and radiography, paediatric dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery
  • The types and properties of dental materials
  • Design and manufacture of dental restorations and prostheses and how they have changed over time
  • Dental public health and the morals and ethics of dental treatment
  • Exploring the latest research in dentistry at The University of Sheffield

Who will you learn with?

Christopher Stokes

Professor of Digital Learning and Dental Education in the School of Clinical Dentistry and Cross-Cutting Director of Digital Learning at the University of Sheffield



Who developed the course?

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.

What Will I Learn?

  • Explore the history of dental treatment.
  • Identify the roles within the Dental Team and compare (or apply) the UK model to their own experience.
  • Identify the key features of tooth morphology and dental restorations and how they are recorded in dental records.
  • Compare the roles of dental specialists, including their training and responsibilities.
  • Apply knowledge of tooth morphology and dental materials to the process of making dental prostheses.
  • Evaluate the evidence for or against a dental public health intervention.
  • Reflect on learning gained throughout the course, including current areas of research, to develop their own research priority, with justification.

Topics for this course

9 Lessons14h

Welcome to the course?

In this section Professor Chris Stokes describes the objectives for the course, we welcome our fellow learners, and start the discussion by exploring the perceptions of dentistry in the media.
Welcome from Professor Chris Stokes00:01:34
What do you know about dentistry?
The perception of dentistry in the media

A brief history of dentistry?

In this section we take a look at the history of dentistry, from barber surgeons to modern dentistry.

The Dental Team?

In this section we meet the dental team, looking at roles and responsibilities and exploring international differences.


As we reach the end of course we can see what we have learnt with the first assessment, and a glimpse into next.

Student Feedback


Total 4 Ratings

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What I like most is that this course analyzes the main aspects of tooth anatomy, morphology, development and disease in detail, which enables me to have a deeper understanding of teeth. I will take good care of my teeth.

Since my childhood, I have hoped to become an excellent dentist. This course enables me to know in advance how to become a dentist and get a valuable introduction to study dental degree. It is very good.

This course allowed me to understand the different roles of the dental team, explore dental anatomy and disease, and discover how dentistry differs from country to country. That's interesting.

Since my first visit to the dentist for my wisdom teeth, I have been very curious about dentists. This course allows me to explore the complexity of dentists' work and learn more about dentists' work. I like this course.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for anyone interested in dentistry or science and is designed to be enjoyed without prior knowledge.
  • It would be especially valuable for dentistry professionals, or anyone thinking of entering the profession.
  • Due to the highly visual nature of dentistry, a small number of exercises in the course, unfortunately, won’t be accessible to learners with visual impairment.