Dental qualification in Poland
To become a qualified dentist in Poland, students must first undergo five years of training at university prior to beginning dental specialties training.
After completing their five-year course, graduates begin a 12-month work experience program. During this time, they are only able to perform treatments under supervision.
Following this, they must pass another exam in order to become fully qualified.
Dental specialties training
Many dentists undertake dental specialties training after their qualification. Examples of specialities include:
- Anesthesiology – How to relieve pain through advanced use of local and general anaesthetic techniques.
- Dental public health – Epidemiology and social health policies relevant to oral health.
- Conservative dentistry and endodontics – Restoring the tooth form and function when destructed by carious and non-carious lesions affecting the teeth, before involvement of pulp or root canal is termed as conservative dentistry. When the root canal is involved, the speciality is known as endodontics.
- Endodontics (also called endodontology) – Root canal therapy and study of diseases of the dental pulp and periapical tissues.
- Forensic odontology – Gathering and use of dental evidence in law. This may be performed by any dentist with experience or training in this field. The function of the forensic dentist is primarily documentation and verification of identity.
- Geriatric dentistry or Geriodontics – The delivery of dental care to older adults involving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems associated with normal aging and age-related diseases as part of an interdisciplinary team with other health care professionals.
- Oral and maxillofacial pathology – The study, diagnosis, and sometimes the treatment of oral and maxillofacial related diseases.
- Oral and maxillofacial radiology – Radiologic interpretation of oral and maxillofacial diseases.
- Maxillofacial surgery (also called oral surgery) – Extractions, implants, and surgery of the jaws, mouth and face.
- Oral biology – Research in dental and craniofacial biology.
- Implantology – Replacing extracted teeth with dental implants.
- Oral medicine – The clinical evaluation and diagnosis of oral mucosal diseases.
- Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics – Straightening of teeth and modification of midface and mandibular growth.
- Pediatric dentistry (also called pedodontics) – Dentistry for children.
- Periodontology (also called periodontics) – The study and treatment of diseases of the periodontium (non-surgical and surgical) as well as placement and maintenance of dental implants.
- Prosthodontics (also called prosthetic dentistry) – Dentures, bridges and the restoration of implants. Some prosthodontists further their training in “oral and maxillofacial prosthodontics”, which is the discipline concerned with the replacement of missing facial structures, such as ears, eyes, noses, etc.
- Special needs dentistry (also called special care dentistry) – Dentistry for those with developmental and acquired disabilities.
- Veterinary dentistry, a speciality of veterinary medicine – The field of dentistry applied to the care of animals.
The training to become a specialist dentist in Poland is very high and does not come without cost to health and well-being. Dentists are prone to many health problems and often spend a considerable portion of their career in pain and discomfort. Read this article about the Hazards in modern dentistry for further information.