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Discover Dentistry

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

Overview

Learn how to become a dentist and what that means

Are you fascinated by the world of dentistry? Try our 6-week course by the University of Sheffield and learn the essentials of dentistry from leading dental experts.

You’ll explore the intricacies of what dentists do, learn how to become a dentist and discover the rich history of dentistry.

Understand tooth anatomy and development

To start with, you’ll meet the dental team and receive a tour of the dental surgery. You’ll experience a dental check-up with experts and discover the basics of tooth anatomy and development by looking at 3D models.

Find out if you’ve been brushing your teeth the right way, and glimpse into the different dental specialities. Learn what an oral pathologist does and experience a virtual tour of a tooth.

Learn about dental treatments and different dental materials

You may be familiar with dental treatments such as dentures and crowns, but you’ll discover more about dental restoration in this course.

We’ll be thinking about dental materials that can be used to restore and replace teeth, including plastics, ceramics and metals such as gold and titanium.

Discover the future of dentistry and dental public health

In the final few weeks, we’ll be thinking about the future of teeth and how to care for the teeth of a population. From water fluoridation to diet effects, teeth are not immune to damage.

Spark your curiosity and take a look at current research in dentistry, such as nerve regeneration and tissue engineering. The future of dentistry holds many exciting possibilities.

To finish, you’ll get the chance to learn how to become a dentist and get a valuable introduction to studying dentistry degrees.

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.

Taught by

Christopher Stokes

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Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 136 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am doing this course to, primarily, help me to gain a better insight into the realms of dentistry and what dentists do. It has been an interesting and eye-opener journey. The many facets of dentistry and the practice of the profession in various specialities...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I worked as a nurse in hospital nursing homes for 40 years I am now retired, I go mosque regularly, I have 3 grandchildren, By joining this course I learn a lot I didn't realize that small part in your mouth is important, and a major player...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is an outstanding overview of dentistry and dental health. From fascinating historical facts to cutting edge research, the course succeeds in giving a broad perspective. It also provides some very detailed information for practical application - for example, it is the clearest lesson I have ever seen on exactly how to brush teeth properly! Apart from the excellent information, the course delivery is fun and varied. Sample exercises include charting a sample patient's dental chart, modelling a crown with 'clay', doing a mini research project and home kitchen experiments. In short............something for everyone who has teeth or dentures! Highly recommended.
  • Anthony Phillips

    Anthony Phillips completed this course.

    I good overview of dentistry past present and future. Good content, good presentation, interesting and easy to learn from. I'm not planning to get into dentistry in any way. Just wanted to try something different. I'm glad I did. Found flexibility very useful in my busy life. Well done Sheffield!

    Only one suggestion for improvement - I'd like to have seen a dentist & dental nurse putting their skills to use in the the clinical setting, with commentary.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I learned some things about my own teeth I should have known 25 years ago.
    On top of that, I liked the practical homework, like making a tooth replica myself.
    I like the parts where I have to do my own research on the internet and finding scientific reports and information with conflicting conclusions...
    I learned a lot about dentistry in my own country Holland, compared to England where the course is made.
    Ernst, Amsterdam
  • Mariam Abdelfattah Aish Ali Mustafa

    Mariam Abdelfattah Aish Ali Mustafa completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I would like to thank all the dentists and every one who contributed in this effort, l have learnt lots of amazing information,I have observed things that I have never focused on before, thank you all for making my first experiment in dental courses that good.
  • Anonymous
    It was very helpful and useful and very informative about what I hope to do as my job. The second week was my favourite, it was very fun to watch the dental check-up and to do the dental assistant activities.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Amazing introduction to dentistry, all aspects of it. Anatomy of the tooth, different dental specialties, restorations... A lot of good introductory information.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I would like to thank you for this course! First of all this course has clear structure and you have the possibility to discover dentistry step by step from simple things to more complex ones. The mix from videos, articles, experiments, discussions makes...
  • Anonymous
    I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was interesting, thought-provoking and useful, particularly as I am considering studying dentistry at university. I am yet to decide whether I would like to pursue a career in dentistry, but this course gave me...
  • Bernard Kong Yoon Leng
    Thank you Professor Chris Stokes and his marvelous Team at the University of Sheffield for specially assembling a panel of dental specialists from different dental specialization for this 6 -week Course. Targeted at the interested learners, the course content is well balanced. It covers broad academic and technical subjects and even touch on dentistry of the future ; all well presented via videos/articles with in-between quizzes, non -assessible tests along the way to help with the learning and even simple home experiments to deepen learning. The Final test, based only on subjects taught in the Course , without surprises is easily achievable for those who have invested their fair share of efforts in dutifully following the Course.
  • Anonymous
    I joined this course as i am hoping to apply for dentistry at university next year and i am unable to do any work experience due to COVID-19 . This course has helped me solidify my choice in choosing dentistry as a career to peruse ,for a number of reasons. I have learnt many things from the history and development of dental tools and practices, to different roles in Dentistry that i could specialise in and much more .I loved getting involved with the tasks set and mini quizzes ,as this furthered my knowledge and allowed me to recap the weeks information .
    I highly recommend this course to anyone interested , and i will be upgrading so i can print out my certificate so i can have something else to show universities.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Before Discover Dentistry, my understanding of what being a Dentist really consists of was pretty minimal, and it wasn't until I began this course that my eyes were well and truly opened to the millions of possibilities and opportunities that arise from this profession. This course helped me to develop a solid understanding of many branches of Dentistry as well as cementing my love for the profession, all whilst making learning so enjoyable and easy. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is beginning to think of Dentistry as a Career or for anyone who isn't just quite sure yet whether or not the profession is for them, because after completing this course, they will well and truly know.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is an outstanding overview of dentistry and dental health. From fascinating historical facts to cutting edge research, the course succeeds in giving a broad perspective. It also provides some very detailed information for practical application - for example, it is the clearest lesson I have ever seen on exactly how to brush teeth properly! Apart from the excellent information, the course delivery is fun and varied. Sample exercises include charting a sample patient's dental chart, modelling a crown with 'clay', doing a mini research project and home kitchen experiments. In short............something for everyone who has teeth or dentures! Highly recommended.
  • Anonymous
    I want to thank all the personal involved in creating this course. It gives a brilliant insight into the dental profession. New applicants can learn that different professions such as dental technician, oral pathology, and public health exist within dentistry. The course covers the past, present and future aspects of dentistry. It was extremely beneficial, and I learned a lot. I was fascinated with the information provided about the prospects of prosthodontist, in particular 3D printing. I enjoyed the discussion section in the course and sharing ideas about a certain topic. The quizzes re-enforced everything I learned and helped retain all the information.
  • Anonymous
    I am in my late 70s and did the course to add to my knowledge of dentistry. My previous knowledge was confined to experience of dentists working on my teeth. I had assumed that was all they did although I knew nerves connected with the teeth penetrate a long way into the rest of the body. This course has been fascinating and shown me that the profession is varied and dealing with one of the most important parts of the body, the face. Damage to the face is very likely to cause social exclusion so its extremely important. I am too old and my academic ability is insufficient but this course has taught me that the dentistry profession has the greatest value.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is such a fantastic course. I was always intrigued by dentistry but not enough to pursue it or do any research on the field. This course was an amazing opportunity to learn about it as a complete beginner and it has been so informative and fun. The articles were easy to engage with and I very much enjoyed the interviews with the specialists and the dental team; it really helped give a clear picture about what goes on beyond the dental chair. By the end of this course, I do feel confident about what I’ve learned and, although I won’t be pursuing it as a career, I’m definitely more encouraged to learn more about teeth.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course has delivered just what it promised - an insight into dentistry.
    It would have got a 5 but I suspect that the content has been loaded and the course left to run without any FL input - there wasn't a single input/comment from the Educator, even in response to questions; and the wrap-up comments in week 6 refer to participant comments that did not appear on this course, and presumably come from a previous run. That would have been OK if expectations of input hadn't been set - there was even a specific date given when a hygienist would answer questions, but obviously nobody told her as nothing materialised.

  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed the discover dentistry course. It had interesting topics every week, informative videos, interviews with professionals, and engaging content. What I enjoyed most was the first week of the course, as it was all about the history of dentistry which I found gruesomely entertaining. We also got to learn about the basic dental instruments and the simple most common procedures. There was also a part where we got to learn about the different dentistry specialties, which I found very informative. Overall, I definitely recommend this course as it gives a good insight of the past, present, and future of dentistry.
  • Bhaskarrao Veeraganta

    Bhaskarrao Veeraganta completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I like this course very much I am a dentist I wish to do my MDS but right now I am unable to do that I request all you to support me both financially and academically. I need your support I wish to share all the things that I learn from you. I feel very very happy to be with you I learnt so many things the course is very useful I I got a confidence that I can get a PG seat with this course. I request you to issue me a certificate of completion I did all this course with my father's phone my name is Dr veeraganta Bhavana. I request you to wish you a certificate on my name Dr veeraganta Bhavana.

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