How to Become a Practicing Dentist in London UK

Although not many people like to go to a dentist, but you can’t really help going when you badly need to, can you? Well there is one place that would rather like to be visited by dentists and that is London. Medical Jobs are posing very attractive career opportunities in London and there is a plenty of room for Dentists.

While the locals are enjoying the benefits of the employment opportunities in medicine pertaining to dentistry, there is a very good opportunity for those outside the EU to have their share as well. The United Kingdom offers a reasonably accommodating visa policy and if you fulfill the following requirements, you may just earn a chance to obtain a work permit for a dentistry job in London.


Dentists from outside the United Kingdom must get themselves registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).

Qualified dentists from a number of countries are eligible for the GDC registration, because of their qualifications are required equivalent to those in the United Kingdom. These countries include Australia, South Africa and New Zealand to name a few, but you can get the detailed information in this regard from your nearest British Consulate. However, Dentists who have not graduated from the recognized Universities of one of these countries will either have to acquire a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree from the UK, or will have to pass the GDC International Qualifying Examination in order to get registered with the GDC, which is a prerequisite to commence practicing in the United Kingdom.

The BDS degree is offered by a number of British dental schools and is of a period of study of at least five years. Alternatively, a more convenient option for overseas dentists can be the IQE (International Qualification Examination) of the GDC, which is a very carefully constructed test that effectively tests the medical knowledge of the applicants both in theory and practice. You can gather more information about the test on the official GDC website:

Another impressive option is a Temporary Registration. This allows you to practice dentistry in a supervised position only, only suitable for training, teaching or research purposes. It is valid for a limited time only and such dentists do not become eligible to work in general or private practice unless their course of training is completed.

If you’re applying for a UK visa, whether is it for work or for study, you need to prove your proficiency in English through the IELTS. A minimum over all score of 7.0 is required for clearing this test. For more information, contact your nearest British Council or visit the official website.

The jobs for dentists are available with lucrative salary packages and in varied environments like NHS Hospitals, Private Hospitals and Clinics. There are plenty of opportunities for both the aspiring and experienced dentists. All it takes is a little initiative in order to bring about the change in your life that you always wanted.
It’s exactly what London is offering you.

39 Replies to “How to Become a Practicing Dentist in London UK”

  1. I found very informative. The article is professionally written and I feel like the author knows the subject very well. keep it that way.

  2. This is a great article! I am a dentist for 3 years now and I should say that having this job is a great opportunity for me.

  3. Firstly, I’d like to thank you for this enlightening article. Secondly, I would like to ask where I can get additional information regarding your post. I made it here through Bing and cannot get a hold of any other relevant web pages on this subject. Please feel free to contact. Thank you.

  4. Dentistry is widely considered necessary for complete overall health. Those in the practice of dentistry are very helpful people. God bless them all.

  5. My teeth recent special pain, cervical spine problem is said to cause such a phenomenon, I could not eat even rice, my health will not be affected? It’s too painful, and so I could not even do not have the weight loss.

  6. hi,I am an italian dentist, working since many years in Italy;I would like to work in a private clinic in London;can I have some advice and addresses of offices looking for dentist?
    thank you

  7. I noticed that today it’s been released that Dental practitioners in Scotland generate an average of 119k each year! That’s for the ‘principle’ dentist nonetheless…the lowly ‘associates’ are only on 67k average! I am in the wrong line of employment…

  8. Janis, I very much appreciate you raising the issue. It’s a delicate problem and one that wasn’t properly covered in the original post.

  9. could anyone please tell me how to open a new private dental practice, and its necessary license and how to get them fot it?

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