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Learn about dentistry with online courses and programs

Oral health is a vital part of healthcare. Learn more about dentistry with online courses delivered through edX.

What is dentistry?

Dentistry is the branch of medicine that examines and treats the teeth, gums, and mouth. Dental care and dental hygiene is an important part of overall wellbeing, with oral diseases often a precursor to more severe health concerns. While most people think of dental procedures as only concerning the teeth – from basic cleaning and check-ups to root canals, teeth whitening, or removing wisdom teeth – dentistry extends far beyond this limited scope.


Dentists also consult on cases of oral cancer, perform restorative dentistry such as oral and maxillofacial surgeries, and provide comprehensive support for overall dental health. They often work with a team of dental specialists, including dental assistants, hygienists, technicians, and therapists, to provide comprehensive oral care.

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Dentistry course curriculum

In a dentistry course, you may study various topics and concepts related to oral health to further your knowledge or introduce you to new topics in the field. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in exploring more about dentistry, or who would like to study specific topics to deepen their understanding. Dentistry involves a range of subjects and specialities. For example, you could learn more about working with children or teenagers or discover the latest technologies and developments in oral healthcare.

Whether you are an experienced dental practitioner who wants to broaden your knowledge, or a student or graduate who wants to explore different specialized topics, edX dentistry courses offer valuable educational opportunities.

Explore dentistry jobs

Dentistry encompasses many specialities, from endodontics (the study and treatment of dental pulp) to cosmetic dentistry. Dentists often work with a team of oral health professionals, including dental hygienists and assistants. Dentistry careers include working as a laboratory technician, orthodontist (who fixes misalignments in the teeth and jaw), prosthodontist (who restores missing teeth), or oral and maxillofacial surgeon (who treats injuries to the head, mouth, or jaw). 

Are you interested in building the knowledge and skills you need to work in dentistry? Start learning today with edX. edX offers a variety of educational programs and courses on diverse topics ranging from healthcare to management and leadership. 

Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals. Find the right course to propel your professional development forward.