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Dentist Job Description, Career as a Dentist, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: College and dental college

Salary: Median—$129,920 per year

Employment Outlook: Good

Definition and Nature of the Work

Dentists are health professionals who take care of the teeth, gums, and supporting bones of the mouth. They help their patients keep their teeth and gums healthy. They also treat diseased teeth and gums. Dentists sometimes detect general diseases of the body that can affect the condition of a patient's mouth.

Most dentists work as general practitioners in their own offices or with a group of dentists. They often have dental assistants and dental hygienists working for them. Under the dentist's direction, these helpers sometimes take X-rays, clean patients' teeth, and teach patients how to care for their teeth and gums at home. Dentists may take X-rays themselves. They examine patients' mouths for cavities, sores, swelling, or other signs of disease. They may fill cavities, pull teeth that cannot be saved, or replace missing teeth. Dentists use both hand and power tools. They may use a local or general anesthetic to keep patients comfortable during treatment. Some dentists do their own laboratory work. Others send this work out to dental laboratories. Sometimes general practitioners refer patients to specialists.

There are eight areas of specialization for dentists. Orthodontists straighten teeth by fitting them with wires or braces. Oral surgeons operate on the mouth and jaws. Endodontists treat diseases of the soft pulp inside the teeth. Oral pathologists diagnose and sometimes treat diseases of the mouth. Pedodontists specialize in dentistry for children and teenagers. Periodontists are concerned with problems of the gums. Prosthodontists replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. Public health dentists develop care programs. A small percentage of dentists also work in teaching, research, or administration jobs.

Education and Training Requirements

You need six to eight years of training after high school before you can work as a dentist. You must complete two to four years of college before entering a dental A dentist shows X-rays to a patient. There are several areas of specialization for dentists. (Photograph by Kelly A. Quin. Thomson Gale. Reproduced by permission.) college. Most students have at least a bachelor's degree when they begin dental college. The four-year program at a dental college leads to degrees as either a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) or a doctor of dental medicine (DMD) degree. Dentists who decide to specialize need from two to four years of further training.

All states require dentists to be licensed. They must graduate from an approved dental college and then pass a state board examination.

Getting the Job

Most newly licensed dentists enter private practice. Since it is becoming more difficult to open new practices, many dentists start out by working with a dentist who is already established. Other dentists find salaried positions in hospitals or government agencies. Your dental college placement office can give you information on how to begin a practice.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Dentists usually advance by building their practices. Some become specialists. Others may go into high-level teaching, research, or administration jobs. Employment in dentistry is expected to grow about as fast as average for all occupations through the year 2014. Most jobs will result from the need to replace the large number of dentists projected to retire. Job prospects will be good and the demand for dentists will continue to grow as the population ages and requires more dental care. The provision of dental insurance is also expected to create some new jobs for dentists. At the same time, dentists are likely to hire more dental hygienists and dental assistants to handle some of the services they provide, rather than hiring more dentists.

Working Conditions

Dentists must spend long hours on their feet. They must take precautions against infectious diseases and be able to deal with tense patients. They are rewarded, however, by the prestige of their profession. Because they often have several helpers, dentists must be able to supervise the work of others. They should also have good business sense. They must be responsible and careful professionals who can work well with their hands.

Dentists usually set their own schedules. Many choose to work more than forty hours per week, including some evening and Saturday hours. Some dentists prefer a part-time schedule.

Where to Go for More Information

American Dental Education Association
1400 K St. NW, Ste. 1100
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-7201
http://www.adea.org

American Dental Association
211 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
(312) 440-2500
http://www.ada.org

Earnings and Benefits

Earnings for dentists vary widely. They depend on the dentist's experience, skill, and willingness to work long hours. Earnings also depend on location and on the type of practice. In 2004 the median income for dentists was $129,920 per year. Since most dentists are self-employed, they must provide their own benefits.

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over 6 years ago

I am 13, and I really want to be a dentist. I have a 3.7-4.0 GPA, and I do my best in school. I babysit, and I have a job in the summer so that I can make money to put into my college account to be a dentist. Some time soon I am going to watch a dentist while he does his job, so that I can find out a little bit more about the nature of work. Can anybody tell me what classes I should take in high school and college, and what a good GPA and DAT score would be to get accepted into dental school. Also if there are any activities that would be good to improve my manual dexterity. Any help if very much appreciated.

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over 9 years ago

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about 5 years ago

My daughter wanted to get into dentistry. She did not have the GPA to get into dental school. Dental school is very difficult to get into today. Many students who previous went to medical school now go to dental school because the hours are better and the pay is not bad. Concentrate on your grades. You will need close to a 4.0 to have a chance.

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over 9 years ago

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almost 6 years ago

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almost 6 years ago

this article was no help but luckily their are other useful articles on line. Im a sophomore in college and plan on pursuing a dental degree when i graduate with my biology one. I was interested in optometry because i knew it might be easier but i thought what the heck, if im going to do four additional years of school why not get involved in a career that is more substantial and challenging(it also helps that dentistry offers more $$$$ flow than optometry) and to answer the question about dentistry requirements in high school you should take a load of advanced sciences and math. I say this because i know in order to get in dental school they want to see if you can handle the load of these types of courses cause it wont be easy once you get in. it also goes for college students as well. Try to major in biology once in college, its not mandatory to have this major but it would definitely be easier that way you can knock out courses that is required for dental school. (and by the way, every dental school has different course requirements they would like for u to take upon applying so make sure u are taking specific classes that deal with your potiential dental schools u are interested in). When it comes to the Dat i believe an 18 or higher is considered pretty good but gpa and course load has a bigger factor. i know most dental schools except 3.5 overall gpa's and at least 3.3 science and math gpa but of course that varies, a bigger elite school might expect more. Also get involved in clubs in college and also try to make appointments to visit actual dentist to get feel of the career and everday work. oh yeah and if you are ready to start taking dat's then kaplan.com offers dat practices and i hear that its pretty good. i start sometime next year for those. good luck to all other potiential dentist out their:)!

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over 4 years ago

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about 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

The classes you should take in high school are as much biology, chemistry, math as you can. In college you need to either major in biology or chemistry and apply for dental school when your a junior in college and you will find out by the time your a senior if you got in or not. There are a certain amount of hours you must job shadow in order to complete dental school but im not sure how many there are so start early to get a head start. Hope this helps

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over 9 years ago

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almost 9 years ago

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about 7 years ago

Im still a highschool student and im really interested for becoming a dentist for my career, but i was wondering in Ontario, what average i need to be able to get accepted into a medical school to study dentistry?

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over 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

Does a dentist have the write to keep the over payments patients make. Either by dentist doing less treatment but more than that, Delta will pay and adjustment is made and then there s a balance. Some substantial. Other cases is a pt will pre-pay and not receive credit that I feel they are owed. The only way the Dr. will issue a check is if the patient asks for it and most time they don't watch their ins. or acct closely.

Secondly, Major treatment will be done when there is obvious severe periodontal problems which the Dr. ignores. If questioned his answer is scaling and root planning. Period!!

Thirdly, I have been an assistant and front office manager for 26 years. What he will see on the xray, I don't. I look hard to give him the benefit of the doubt since he is the dentist. Delta has audited him in 2011 and he had to repay a large sum of money.

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There is so much more and would be happy to write all I can remember at a later date. What he says and what he does are two different things.

Please answer these questions? I would like to know if this is legal or is there a loop hole he is using.

Please email me or call me at 763-458-1844.

Sincerely,
Connie Kotz

P.S. Please keep this confidential!! I truly am afraid of him and what he could do to me.

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almost 9 years ago

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about 8 years ago

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almost 9 years ago

i am a licensed dentist in my own country. i practiced 4 years but i decided to have work experience outside my home. now am a dental assistant here in k.s.a. this makes me sad becoz i dreamed to become a dentist since my childhood but here i am an assistant.

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almost 9 years ago

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over 9 years ago

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about 8 years ago

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over 6 years ago

I am currently a senior in high school and working as a dental assistant in training for a dentist. My career for my future is becoming a dentist and I want to know if I decided to enroll in a ROP program for Adults and get certified for a dental asistant and still continue on my education to become a dentist, is it posible? Would it be easier or harder? Why or why not? Are there any benefits for me? And what are my benefits if I choose this path? Anyways, I am researching for the nearest ROP programs in my area for this program for more information and I am hoping to receive more important information from this website. Thank you for reading this comment/message

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over 6 years ago

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over 7 years ago

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over 4 years ago

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over 4 years ago

Good Day!
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almost 6 years ago

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over 9 years ago

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about 8 years ago

I just read earlier on another website (I believe it was the ADA website) that now there are 9 areas of specialization.

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over 1 year ago

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over 2 years ago

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