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.

Dental Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Overview:Our state-of-the-art dental office is looking for a team-oriented, high energy dental assistant to work full-time hours. Our Livonia office features 7 operatories with 4 dentists, with extended hours to help meet our patient's needs. We need someone with previous experience who is...
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Dental Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Overview:Our state-of-the-art dental office is looking for a team-oriented, high energy dental assistant to work full-time hours. Our Auburn Hills office features 12 operatories. with extended hours to help meet our patient's needs. We need someone with previous experience who is able to...
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Dental Assistant

Type: Part Time
Our state-of-the-art dental office is looking for a team-oriented, high energy dental assistant to work Part-time on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Our office will be open on weekends to help meet our patient's needs. We need someone with previous experience who is able to...
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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...
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Hygienist

Type: Part Time
TITLE: HygienistPURPOSE: 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...
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Licensed Dental Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
New graduates Welcome!Our well-established, progressive and growing dental practice is seeking a professional LDA candidate to work along-side our dentists. If you have exceptional people skills, have a strong passion for dentistry and patient care, O'Neil Dental Center is the place to be.O...
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Hygienist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
TITLE: HygienistPURPOSE: 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...
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Registered Dental Assistant

Type: Part Time
TITLE: Registered Dental Assistant - Sign On BonusPOSITION SUMMARY: The scope of work encompasses a variety of clinical duties which promote effective and efficient operation of the practice and fosters favorable public relations with patients, staff, dentists of the practice and all external...
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Orthodontics Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
TITLE: Ortho AssistantPOSITION SUMMARY: The scope of work encompasses a variety of clinical duties which promote effective and efficient operation of the practice and fosters favorable public relations with patients, staff, dentists of the practice and all external customers.JOB DUTIES:Set up rooms...
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Dental Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are in search of a Registered Dental Assistant and prefer at least 1 year of experience. This is for a cross trained assistant that will assist Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm with at least 1 or 2 Saturdays a month 8-12pm.We are seeking an experienced, energetic, pleasant person that wants a dental...
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Dentist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
@@@@New graduates or residents-will pay your student loan payments monthly for the term of your contract!!@@@@@@Quality Genral Dentist Associate Position Available: Prattville Alabama-Highquality dental practice located in the most desirable suburb of Montgomery islooking for an associate to begin...
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Associate General Dentists

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position Overview:Responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and coordinating patient care during the preoperative and postoperative phase of care. Participates with other facility team members to provide optimal patient care and efficient patient flow, taking into consideration the...
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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...
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General Dentist

Type: Part Time
Coast Dental is looking for a General Dentist to join a practice in Marietta, Georgia, located northwest 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 completion...
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General Dentist ( Part Time or Full Time )

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Mynt Dental is looking for a full time or Part time, motivated and quality oriented general dentist in one of our offices located in Mount Pleasant WI ( close to both Chicago and Milwaukee) or Franklin Park, IL ( Near O'Hare International Airport ) orWe are focused on providing the quality...
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Milwaukee, WI

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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General Dentist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Mynt Dental is looking for a full time or Part time, motivated and quality oriented general dentist in one of our offices located in Franklin Park, IL ( Near O'Hare International Airport ) or Mount Pleasant WI ( close to both Chicago and Milwaukee).We are focused on providing the quality...
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Mount Pleasant, WI

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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Munster, IN

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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