2017 Dentists
Median Pay: US$158,310
Entry Level: Doctoral or professional degree
Summary
Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients' teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.
Duties

Dentists typically do the following:

  • Remove decay from teeth and fill cavities
  • Repair cracked or fractured teeth and remove teeth
  • Place sealants or whitening agents on teeth
  • Administer anesthetics to keep patients from feeling pain during procedures
  • Prescribe antibiotics or other medications
  • Examine x rays of teeth, gums, the jaw, and nearby areas in order to diagnose problems
  • Make models and measurements for dental appliances, such as dentures, to fit patients
  • Teach patients about diets, flossing, the use of fluoride, and other aspects of dental care

Dentists use a variety of equipment, including x-ray machines, drills, mouth mirrors, probes, forceps, brushes, and scalpels. They also use lasers, digital scanners, and other computer technologies, such as digital dentistry.

In addition, dentists in private practice oversee a variety of administrative tasks, including bookkeeping and buying equipment and supplies. They employ and supervise dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratory technicians, and receptionists.

Most dentists are general practitioners and handle a variety of dental needs. Other dentists practice in 1 of 9 specialty areas:

Dental public health specialists promote good dental health and the prevention of dental diseases in specific communities.

Endodontists perform root-canal therapy, by which they remove the nerves and blood supply from injured or infected teeth.

Oral and maxillofacial radiologists diagnose diseases in the head and neck through the use of imaging technologies.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons operate on the mouth, jaws, teeth, gums, neck, and head, performing procedures such as surgically repairing a cleft lip and palate or removing impacted teeth.

Oral pathologists diagnose conditions in the mouth, such as bumps or ulcers, and oral diseases, such as cancer.

Orthodontists straighten teeth by applying pressure to the teeth with braces or other appliances.

Pediatric dentists focus on dentistry for children and special-needs patients.

Periodontists treat the gums and bone supporting the teeth.

Prosthodontists replace missing teeth with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or with removable fixtures, such as dentures.

General Dentist

Type: Part Time
ProHEALTH is one of the largest private multi-specialty medical practices in the Northeast and has been serving the health needs of Long Island and the Greater New York Metropolitan area since 1997. With over 900 providers in 300 locations, our goal is to provide quality health care to ensure that...
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Associate General Dentist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Associate General DentistSan Diego County - La Mesa, CAFull-time and part-time General Dentist opportunities in the San Diego County area.Responsibilities:Diagnose and provide appropriate dental treatment to patients, including cleanings, restorative, root canals, surgical extractions, cosmetic...
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Periodontist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Full-time Periodontist Opportunity in Phoenix, AZ.With Gentle Dental, we manage the details so you can focus on dentistry. We provide a team atmosphere, integrity and doing what is right for the patient. The perfect fit for our team is a caring and motivated people-person with a strong work ethic...
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Pediatric and Oral Surgery Chairside Dental Assistant- Full Time - Days

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
LocationNew York, New YorkShift:Day (United States of America)Description:Feel the Pride of Creating Amazing SmilesPediatric and Oral Surgery Chairside Dental Assistant- Full Time - DaysJoin the Dental Pediatric and Oral Surgery team where and feel the excitement of fast-advancing patient care....
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Associate Dentist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Looking for the right opportunity to jumps tart your career as a dentist? We want YOU to join our team! Don't miss this great opportunity!Gentle Dentistry is a group of 14 clinics located in the metropolitan area of two of the largest cities in Minnesota and has been in the dental business for...
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Associate Dentist - Part-Time - Wadas Dental Center

Type: Part Time
Wadas Dental first opened in 1928 in East Chicago, Indiana, before expanding to Munster and Crown Point. But from the beginning through today, our practice has proudly provided our community's families with exceptional dental care experiences. We've built our reputation on our...
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DCA
Munster, IN

Practice Transitions Coordinator

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The primary role of someone in this position is to assist dental students and dentists seeking an opportunity and a change in their practice with respect to new graduates transitioning from dental school to practice.This individual will be working collaboratively in a team in conjunction with the...
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General Dentist - La Crosse, WI

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewMidwest Dental supports great local dentists across the United States. Our culture of joy sets us apart from other dental organizations. Joy leads to better care, better ideas and better outcomes. It creates wonderful patient experiences and rewarding careers.
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General Dentist - Dubuque, IA

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewMidwest Dental supports great local dentists across the United States. Our culture of joy sets us apart from other dental organizations. Joy leads to better care, better ideas and better outcomes. It creates wonderful patient experiences and rewarding careers.
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General Dentist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Coast Dental is looking for a General Dentist to join practice in Stone Mountain, Georgia, located east of downtown Atlanta, Georgia.The practice has well established patient base seeing PPO/HMO/FFS patients with NO MEDICAID.Your patients will be your own from diagnosis to treatment completion, and...
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General Dentist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Coast Dental is looking for a General Dentist to join practice in Marietta, Georgia, located northwest of downtown Atlanta, Georgia.The practice has well established patient base seeing PPO/HMO/FFS patients with NO MEDICAID.Your patients will be your own from diagnosis to treatment completion, and...
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General Dentist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Coast Dental is looking for a General Dentist to join practice in Lawrenceville, Georgia, located northeast of downtown Atlanta, Georgia.The practice has well established patient base seeing PPO/HMO/FFS patients with NO MEDICAID.Your patients will be your own from diagnosis to treatment completion...
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General Dentist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewMidwest Dental supports great local dentists across the United States. Our culture of joy sets us apart from other dental organizations. Joy leads to better care, better ideas and better outcomes. It creates wonderful patient experiences and rewarding careers.
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General Dentist - Wheat Ridge, CO

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewMidwest Dental supports great local dentists across the United States. Our culture of joy sets us apart from other dental organizations. Joy leads to better care, better ideas and better outcomes. It creates wonderful patient experiences and rewarding careers.
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Wheat Ridge, CO

DENTIST

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
COMPANY OVERVIEWAdventure Dental Vision and Orthodontics is part of the Hero Practice Management group. Hero is a practice management company focused on delivering the systems processes and people needed to efficiently deliver quality dental vision and orthodontic care to children in underserved...
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Expanded Functions Dental Assistant - EFDA

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our practice delivers the best clinical care for our patients, but we also provide the best environment. It is important for patients to know we care and will support them in getting healthy. We are currently hiring for a FULL-TIME Expanded Functions Dental Assistant / EFDA that shares these goals...
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Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) - Bilingual PRN

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Blue Cloud Pediatric Surgery Centers, LLC is very excited about our new center located in Kansas City, Kansas. We are seeking a PRN Registered Dental Assistant with a passion for serving pediatric patients as well as special needs patients (both children and adults).The successful candidate will...
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General Dentist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Coast Dental is looking for a General Dentist to join practice in the Douglasville, Georgia, located west of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The practice has a well-established patient base, seeing PPO/HMO/FFS patients with NO MEDICAID.Your patients will be your own from diagnosis to treatment...
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General Dentist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Coast Dental is looking for a General Dentist to join a practice in Duluth, Georgia, located northeast of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The practice has well established patient base seeing PPO/HMO/FFS patients with NO MEDICAID.Your patients will be your own from diagnosis to treatment completion and...
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Hygienist

Type: Part Time
PURPOSE: The scope of the work encompasses a variety of clinical duties which promote excellent quality of care in the prevention and treatment of dental disease, promotion of dental health, effective and efficient operation of the practice and fosters favorable public relations with patients, team...
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