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The University of Sheffield

Discover Dentistry

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn


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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  • 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
    This course was extremely fun and fascinating and I learnt a lot, not just about dentistry nowadays but also what dentistry and general oral health was like in the past and what it will be like in the future. This course explained the importance of different members of the dental team and provided a lot of information about the different types of careers/job roles within the dental sector. The part I loved the most was learning about the history of dentistry, learning how to identify the different teeth, and the materials that are used in dentistry.
  • Anonymous
    An excellent introduction to Dentistry and really brings all the different aspects of it to life. There are so many different specialisms and the technology is having a huge impact on the profession, which is really well explained in the latter stages of the course.

    Although I am not directly a Dentist, I am returning to a career involving working in this sector, and this course was a brilliant refresher for me on what is involved in modern dentistry. Many thanks to all those who put it together.
  • 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
    When signing up to this course I was sceptical to how engaging it would be, especially as I’d be doing it during my 6 weeks holiday, but I was wrong. From the start this course has engaged and has provided me with a great insight into dentistry.

    Thankyou very much for providing this course, it has confirmed my aspirations to become a dentist.
  • Anonymous
    This course was so useful! It gave me such a beautiful and insightful image of dentistry and its past, present and future and made me even more excited to study dentistry. Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in making this course because honestly it was amazing!
  • Anonymous
    I initially joined this course to widen my perspective on the dentistry world, this course was not only informative but also very engaging. I would like to thank Professor Chris Stokes and everyone else for making this course enjoyable and easy to follow along!
  • Anonymous
    This was a really informative course, and I have learnt so much information in the field of Dentistry. I now feel more confident, if I do enter Dentistry. Thank you so much for creating this course, I have greatly benefited from it.
  • Anonymous
    Very broad and informative overview of many different dental professions. It also gave a lot of information on specific parts of dentistry like how it all started and how prosthetics are made and the future of dentistry.
  • Anonymous
    Very informative. As a novice and new to this area, it has given me a real insight into the profession and enabled m to help patients more when they visit the surgery in the future.
  • 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
    This course was very informative and interesting and helped me to develop my knowledge of this incredible field of work!
  • Sameera Samreen Hashmi
    Discover Dentistry is an informative and valuable course that is helpful to buildup basic Informations about dentistry.
  • Anonymous
    Amazing course very interesting keeping me engaged. Especially enjoyed the different types of dental jobs section.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.

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