Dental School interview Preparation (Australia)

The following questions,sample answers and notes were in preparation for the University of Adelaide interview for dentistry in 2015.

When preparing for this university in particular, I would highly recommend some research into the forums in (Medstudent about the questions they ask. This is because the interview questions at this uni are mostly the same every year and has an emphasis on your understanding of the uni course structure.

1) Why do you want to study Dentistry?

Like to work with my hands. Like to interact with people.

Example:I know what is needed to be a good dentist  -hard work, commitment    and passion for learning.

2) Why did you apply to this university?

     Direct entry into Dental Course.

3) What qualities should a dentist have?

     Like to work with your hands.

     Like to interact with people.

 4) What are the negative aspects of Dentistry?

     Long hours. Need good eye-sight and good hand co-ordination.

     Can be tiring on the neck and back.

5) Why is research important to science and how is this related to Dentistry?

    Research is important for new discovery and advances in any field, more so in 

    Dentistry bcos it may impact other people’s quality of life.  Example?

 6) Tell us an example of how you cope with stress?

     Music, exercise, talking to family and friends, church.

7) What work experience do you have in Dentistry?

     I come from a family of dentist. Grandfather, Father and Uncles all dentist.


8) Did anything surprise or shock you during your work experience placement?

     I am impress with the new technology advances in 3D printing, 3D imaging with CBCT scan, (imension, density and age) digital impression (itero) and CAD CAM (computer aided design/manu) prosthesis. Dentistry and lab work are closely related.

*You must love being hands-on with dentistry. 


9) Do you think your own dentist is good at communicating with patients?

     Yes. Communication is very important. Need to understand the patient as a whole being and

     not just look at the mouth.


10) What can you tell me about Preventative Dentistry?

       The 2 most common causes of tooth loss is dental caries and periodontal disease.

       Preventive Dentistry address this 2 causes.

       Examples: Regular maintenance with scaling and dental check-up.  

                           Fluoride treatment.

                           Sealants and minimal invasive procedures.      

                           Oral hygiene instructions and education about diets.


11) What is Orthodontics?

       Managing growth and development of teeth and jaw.

       Moving teeth with braces, clear aligners or removable appliances.


12) What is gingivitis?

       Inflammation of gingiva (gums). (sulcus)(plaque hardens to tartar)


13) Why do dentists recommend the fluoridation of water supplies?

       Optimal fluoride intake is the most effective and economical way to reduce dental caries.



14) What are the arguments against fluoridation of water supplies?

       Risk of fluorosis. Difficult to manage optimal fluoride intake.

       What is fluorosis?


15) What are amalgam fillings made of, and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

       Amalgam is a mixture of alloys (mainly silver, copper, tin and mercury).

       Advantages –strong, economical and lasting, easy to use.

       Disadvantages –environmental pollution, mercury release


16) What are white fillings made of, and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

       Composites and Glass Ionomers.

       Composites are main of resin (BISMGA).

       Advantage –light cure to set on demand, esthetic, less invasive (smaller cavity design).

       Disadvantage –sensitive to moisture, shrinkage, wear faster, cost.


17) How would you organise a campaign to improve dental health?

       Best to work with a group like school program to educate or with dental association to create awareness thru media or events.

      Usually school and dental association are happy to partner with someone who is willing to do the hardwork of preparing and organising and getting volunteers to benefit the community.


18) How are NHS dentists funded? Is it the same for GP’s?


19) Should dental treatment be free on the NHS?

       When something is given free, it is usually not appreciated.  Best to have shared responsibility.


20) What articles have you read recently about Dentistry?


21) What can you bring to this Dental School?


22) What precautions need to be taken with patients who are HIV positive?

       Good medical hx is always very important.

       HIV transmission is thru blood and saliva.

       Good infection control and follow universal (standard) precaution.


23) Who are the members of the dental team?

       Dentist, Hygienist, Assistant, Receptionist and Office Manager. Dental technician.

       Referral Specialists.


24) How does teamwork apply to the role of a dentist?

       The general dentist need to be able to co-ordinate with all team members for best outcome in

       the interest of the patient.


25) What is the difference between tooth erosion and tooth decay?

       Erosion usually due consumption of acidic food or drinks (sometimes gastric reflux).

       Decay due to acid from bacteria’s by product.


26) How would you carry out a root treatment?

       Remove all caries and stabilise tooth structure.

       Access the pulp chamber and root canal orifices.

       Clean and verify the canals.

       Enlarge and disinfect the canals.

       Finally obturate and build-up.


27) How would you handle a non-English speaking patient?

      Need a translator. Either family members or staff.


28) What can you tell us about modern advances in Dentistry? 



        3D printing.

        Digital impression.

        3D CBCT scan.

        Dental implant.


        GC mousse.


        CAD CAM.


29) Why do you think so many NHS dentists are going private?


30) Why do you want to study Dentistry rather than Medicine?


31) What are the differences between private and NHS Dentistry?


32) What is the role of the General Dental Council?


33) Why do some people underestimate the value of their teeth?


34) If taxpayers pay tax for dental students to become dentists do you think all dentists should have to work in the NHS for a certain number of years?


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