Skills Dentist in Alberta

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "dentist" was moved from the group Dentists (NOC 3113) to the group Dentists (NOC 31110).

Find out what skills you typically need to work as a dentist in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Dentists (NOC 31110).


  • Examine patients' teeth, gums and surrounding tissue
  • Hire and train staff
  • Diagnose disease, injury and decay and plan appropriate treatment
  • Administer budget
  • Restore, extract and replace diseased and decayed teeth
  • Perform oral surgery, periodontal surgery and other treatments
  • Supervise staff
  • Clean teeth and instruct patients on oral hygiene
  • Design bridgework, fit dentures and provide appliances
  • Write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for use by denturists and dental technicians
  • Act as consultants to other dentists

Skills and Knowledge Checklist

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.


  • Analysis Help -
    • Projecting Outcomes
    • Examining and Diagnosing
  • Service and Care Help -
    • Treating People/Animals
  • Management Help -
    • Supervising
  • Communication Help -
    • Liaising and Networking
    • Teaching and Training
    • Advising and Consulting
  • Information Handling Help -
    • Processing Information
  • Working with Technological Equipment and Machinery Help -
    • Using Specialized Instrumentation and Equipment


  • Mathematics and Science Help -
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
  • Business, Finance and Management Help -
    • Business Administration
    • Client Service
  • Health Services Help -
    • Medicine
    • Therapy and Counselling
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