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2021 Dentists, General

Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

Dentists, General Salary

Salary

$158.9K

Growth

8%

Bright Outlook

Average

Green

No

Dentists, General Career Description

Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

Also known as:

Dental Surgery Doctor (DDS), Dentist, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Family Dentist, General Dentist, Pediatric Dentist

2021 Dentists, General Salary

Percentile 10% 25% 50% (Median) 75% 90%
Annual Wage $81,060 $115,290 $158,940 $208 $208
Hourly Wage $38.97 $55.43 $76.41 $100 $100

2021 Dentists, General Salary

Percentile
10%
25%
50% (Median)
75%
90%
Annual Wage
$81,060
$115,290
$158,940
$208
$208
Hourly Wage
$38.97
$55.43
$76.41
$100
$100

Dentists, General Common Job Duties

  • Use masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect patients and self from infectious diseases.
  • Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, or other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments.
  • Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, or other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments.
  • Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, or other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments.
  • Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
  • Use dental air turbines, hand instruments, dental appliances, or surgical implements.
  • Formulate plan of treatment for patient's teeth and mouth tissue.
  • Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, or malformations of teeth, gums, or related oral structures and provide preventive or corrective services.
  • Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, or malformations of teeth, gums, or related oral structures and provide preventive or corrective services.
  • Write prescriptions for antibiotics or other medications.
  • Design, make, or fit prosthodontic appliances, such as space maintainers, bridges, or dentures, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for denturists or dental technicians.
  • Design, make, or fit prosthodontic appliances, such as space maintainers, bridges, or dentures, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for denturists or dental technicians.
  • Design, make, or fit prosthodontic appliances, such as space maintainers, bridges, or dentures, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for denturists or dental technicians.
  • Advise or instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, or oral health care services.
  • Fill pulp chamber and canal with endodontic materials.
  • Treat exposure of pulp by pulp capping, removal of pulp from pulp chamber, or root canal, using dental instruments.
  • Remove diseased tissue, using surgical instruments.
  • Remove diseased tissue, using surgical instruments.
  • Manage business aspects such as employing or supervising staff or handling paperwork or insurance claims.
  • Analyze or evaluate dental needs to determine changes or trends in patterns of dental disease.
  • Apply fluoride or sealants to teeth.
  • Eliminate irritating margins of fillings and correct occlusions, using dental instruments.
  • Perform oral or periodontal surgery on the jaw or mouth.
  • Plan, organize, or maintain dental health programs.
  • Plan, organize, or maintain dental health programs.
  • Bleach, clean, or polish teeth to restore natural color.
  • Produce or evaluate dental health educational materials.

Dentists, General Activities

  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Examine mouth, teeth, gums, or related facial structures.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Diagnose dental conditions.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Adjust prostheses or other assistive devices.
  • Fabricate medical devices.
  • Design medical devices or appliances.
  • Advise patients on preventive care techniques.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Direct healthcare delivery programs.
  • Design public or employee health programs.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.
  • Prepare healthcare training materials.

Dentists, General Required Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Common Dentists, General Abilities Required

  • Finger Dexterity - Putting together small parts with your fingers.
  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Using rules to solve problems.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - Keeping your arm or hand steady.
  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.
  • Inductive Reasoning - Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Control Precision - Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
  • Written Comprehension - Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Speech Clarity - Speaking clearly.
  • Information Ordering - Ordering or arranging things.
  • Manual Dexterity - Holding or moving items with your hands.
  • Speech Recognition - Recognizing spoken words.
  • Selective Attention - Paying attention to something without being distracted.
  • Category Flexibility - Grouping things in different ways.
  • Multilimb Coordination - Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.
  • Flexibility of Closure - Seeing hidden patterns.
  • Written Expression - Communicating by writing.

Common Dentists, General Skills

  • Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Monitoring - Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Active Listening - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Reading Comprehension - Reading work-related information.
  • Service Orientation - Looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Learning - Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Time Management - Managing your time and the time of other people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Understanding people's reactions.
  • Persuasion - Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.
  • Coordination - Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.

Dentists, General Interests

  • Social - Occupations with Social interests frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. Most involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Investigative - Occupations with Investigative interests frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. They often involve research and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic - Occupations with Realistic interests frequently involve practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Projected Employment For Dentists, General

Location 2020 Employment 2030 Employment Percent change Annual projected job openings
United States 120,300 130,000 8% 4,300

Projected Employment For Dentists, General

Location
2020 Employment
2030 Employment
Percent change
Annual projected job openings
United States
120,300
130,000
8%
4,300

Dentists, General Education & Experience

  • Doctoral or professional degree
  • No work experience
  • No on-the-job training

Dentists, General Schools

School Program Name Location Length / Graduates
A T Still University of Health Sciences Dentistry. Kirksville, MO More than 4 years: 114
Augusta University Advanced General Dentistry. Augusta, GA Less than one year: 4
Augusta University Dentistry. Augusta, GA More than 4 years: 91
Boston University Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics. Boston, MA Less than one year: 10
More than 4 years: 0
More than 4 years: 1
Boston University Dentistry. Boston, MA More than 4 years: 202
Boston University Advanced General Dentistry. Boston, MA Less than one year: 0
Case Western Reserve University Dentistry. Cleveland, OH More than 4 years: 68
Case Western Reserve University Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics. Cleveland, OH More than 4 years: 0
Columbia University in the City of New York Advanced General Dentistry. New York, NY Less than one year: 21
Columbia University in the City of New York Dentistry. New York, NY More than 4 years: 91

Dentists, General Schools

School
Program Name
Location
Length / Graduates
Dentistry.
Kirksville, MO
More than 4 years: 114
Advanced General Dentistry.
Augusta, GA
Less than one year: 4
Dentistry.
Augusta, GA
More than 4 years: 91
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics.
Boston, MA
Less than one year: 10
More than 4 years: 0
More than 4 years: 1
Dentistry.
Boston, MA
More than 4 years: 202
Advanced General Dentistry.
Boston, MA
Less than one year: 0
Dentistry.
Cleveland, OH
More than 4 years: 68
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics.
Cleveland, OH
More than 4 years: 0
Advanced General Dentistry.
New York, NY
Less than one year: 21
Dentistry.
New York, NY
More than 4 years: 91

Dentists, General Jobs Near Me .

Job Title Company Location Date Posted Federal Contractor
Administrative Assistant (SOD- Patient Services) UT Health Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas 10/17/2021 No
ASDOH - Assistant Professor, General Dentist CCU Clinical Faculty, 0.6 FTE - ASDOH001863 ATSU Mesa, Arizona 10/17/2021 No
ASDOH - Assistant/Associate Professor, Prosthodontics / Advanced Restorative Dentistry - ASDOH001865 ATSU Mesa, Arizona 10/17/2021 No
Clinical Assistant ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers Fort Mill, South Carolina 10/17/2021 No
Corporate Staff Accountant Aspen Dental East Syracuse, New York 10/17/2021 No
Dental Assistant ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers Denver, Colorado 10/17/2021 No
Dental Assistant U.S. Army Medical Command Fort Huachuca, Arizona 10/17/2021 No
Dental Assistant - General Practice Great Expressions Dental Centers Fort Myers, Florida 10/17/2021 No
Dental Assistant - General Practice Great Expressions Dental Centers Atlanta, Georgia 10/17/2021 No
Dental Assistant - General Practice Great Expressions Dental Centers Bay Shore, New York 10/17/2021 No

Dentists, General Jobs Near Me .

Job Title
Company
Location
Date Posted
Federal Contractor
UT Health
Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas
10/17/2021
No
ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers
Fort Mill, South Carolina
10/17/2021
No
Aspen Dental
East Syracuse, New York
10/17/2021
No
ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers
Denver, Colorado
10/17/2021
No
U.S. Army Medical Command
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
10/17/2021
No
Great Expressions Dental Centers
Fort Myers, Florida
10/17/2021
No
Great Expressions Dental Centers
Atlanta, Georgia
10/17/2021
No
Great Expressions Dental Centers
Bay Shore, New York
10/17/2021
No

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