Dentists, General
SOC: 29-1021.00

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
129,000 employed

Projected (2024):
152,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Associate Dentist
  • Dental Intern
  • Dental Officer
  • Dental Surgery Doctor (DDS)
  • Dentist
  • Dentist/Owner
  • Doctor
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Endodontist
  • Family Dentist
  • General Dentist
  • General Dentist/Owner
  • Pediatric Dentist
  • Periodontist
  • Public Health Dentist
  • Treatment Coordinator


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air compressors
  • Air/water syringe tips
  • Air/water syringes
  • Amalgam bands
  • Amalgam carriers
  • Amalgam condensers
  • Amalgam retainers
  • Amalgam wells
  • Angle dental handpieces
  • Angled pliers
  • Anterior forceps
  • Anterior scalers
  • Apex locators
  • Articulating paper forceps
  • Autoclaves
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Automatic film processing systems
  • Awls
  • Ball bearing contra angle assemblies
  • Band setters
  • Bayonet forceps
  • Biscuspid forceps
  • Bite blocks
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Bone clamps
  • Bone files
  • Bridge removers
  • Broaches
  • Bulb irrigators
  • Capnographs
  • Cement placing instruments
  • Cement spatulas
  • Chemical vapor sterilizers
  • Chin-length plastic face shields
  • Composite placing instruments
  • Contra angle sheaths
  • Copalite bands
  • Copalite retainers
  • Cotton pliers
  • Crane picks
  • Cricothyrotomy devices
  • Cross-bar elevators
  • Crown removers
  • Crown removing pliers
  • Crown scissors
  • Crown splitting forceps
  • Curved hemostats
  • Curved mosquito forceps
  • Daylight loader film processing systems
  • Dental air abrasion systems
  • Dental amalgam carvers
  • Dental aspiration syringes
  • Dental burnishers
  • Dental carbon dioxide CO2 lasers
  • Dental chairs
  • Dental chisels
  • Dental condensers
  • Dental cord packing instruments
  • Dental drills
  • Dental electrosurgery devices
  • Dental excavating burs
  • Dental excavators
  • Dental fiberoptic retractors
  • Dental handpieces
  • Dental impression trays
  • Dental laboratory lathes
  • Dental laboratory plaster traps
  • Dental lasers
  • Dental mallets
  • Dental margin trimmers
  • Dental matrix bands
  • Dental mouth props
  • Dental operating lights
  • Dental scissors
  • Dental syringes
  • Dental wax spatuals
  • Dental wire cutters
  • Dental x ray protective aprons
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital medical thermometers
  • Digital radiographic equipment
  • Disimpaction forceps
  • Double-end explorers
  • Double-end periodontal probes
  • Dycal instruments
  • Electrically powered dental amalgamators
  • Enamel hatchets
  • Endo excavators
  • Endodontic micro-torches
  • Endodontic obturating cones
  • Endodontic pluggers
  • Explorers
  • Extraoral x ray equipment
  • Eyewash stations
  • Fiberoptic aspirators
  • Fiberoptic dental mirrors
  • Fiberoptic diagnostic probes
  • Fiberoptic periosteal elevators
  • Foot controls
  • Furcation probes
  • Gates-Glidden drills
  • Gauze packers
  • Gutta percha dispensers
  • Headsets
  • High heat sterilizers
  • High-speed dental handpieces
  • High-speed evacuators
  • Instrument sharpeners
  • Interproximal carvers
  • Intraoral camera systems
  • Intraoral microscope systems
  • Intraoral printers
  • Intraoral x ray equipment
  • Laryngeal mask airways LMA
  • Ligature instruments
  • Manual film processing systems
  • Masks
  • Matrix retainers
  • Metal spatulas
  • Metric calipers
  • Model trimmers
  • Molar forceps
  • Mouth mirrors
  • Needle holders
  • Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG dental lasers
  • Nitrous oxide administration equipment
  • Notebook computers
  • Occlusal force analysis systems
  • Oral evacuation equipment
  • Panoramic x ray equipment
  • Pedodontic forceps
  • Periodontal curettes
  • Periodontal elevators
  • Periodontal knives
  • Periodontal pocket markers
  • Periodontal probing devices
  • Periosteal elevators
  • Periotomes
  • Personal computers
  • Photo-activated disinfection systems
  • Plaster knives
  • Plaster vibrators
  • Plastic filling instruments
  • Pluggers
  • Pointing devices
  • Porcelain crown pliers
  • Posterior scalers
  • Pretracheal stethoscopes
  • Prophy contra angle head assemblies
  • Prophylaxis angles
  • Prophylaxis brushes
  • Prophylaxis cups
  • Protective gowns
  • Pulp testers
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Rongeur forceps
  • Root canal barbed broaches
  • Root canal enlargers
  • Root canal files
  • Root canal pluggers
  • Root canal rasps
  • Root canal reamers
  • Root canal spreaders
  • Root elevators
  • Root tip picks
  • Rubber dam clamp forceps
  • Rubber dam clamps
  • Rubber dam frames
  • Rubber dam punches
  • Safety glasses
  • Saliva ejectors
  • Scalpels
  • Scanners
  • Sharpening stones
  • Sickles
  • Single-end explorers
  • Single-ended periodontal probes
  • Slow-speed dental handpieces
  • Spoon excavators
  • Spoons
  • Straight attachments
  • Straight dental handpieces
  • Straight elevators
  • Straight hemostats
  • Straight mosquito forceps
  • Straight scissors
  • Surgical burs
  • Surgical elevators
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical handles
  • Surgical masks
  • Surgical scissors
  • Suture scissors
  • Thyroid collars
  • Thyroid shields
  • Tissue forceps
  • Tissue retractors
  • Tongue forceps
  • Tongue retractors
  • Tooth color shade guides
  • Tooth-whitening argon lasers
  • Towel clamps
  • Turvey maxillary expander
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Ultrasonic scaler tips
  • Visible light curing units
  • Wire and arch bar scissors
  • Wiring pliers
  • ABELSoft ABELDent
  • Accounting software
  • ACE Dental
  • AlphaDent
  • AltaPoint Data Systems AltaPoint Dental
  • Data Team DDS
  • Dental charting software
  • Dental clinical records software
  • Dental digital radiology software
  • Dental imaging software
  • Dental intra-oral imaging software
  • DentiMax
  • DSN Software Dental-Exec
  • DSN Software Oral Surgery-Exec
  • DSN Software Perio-Exec
  • EZ 2000
  • Genesis Dental Software
  • Henry Schein DentalVision Professional
  • Henry Schein Dentrix software
  • Henry Schein Easy Dental
  • Henry Schein EndoVision
  • Henry Schein PerioVision
  • Kodak Dental Systems Kodak PRACTICEWORKS Practice management software PMS
  • Kodak Dental Systems Kodak SOFTDENT Practice management software PMS
  • MDC Services DentalMate
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • MOGO Dental Software MOGO
  • OCS Office-Partner
  • Open Dental
  • Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft
  • PEB XLDent
  • Practice management software PMS
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Teleo Practice Services The Complete Practitioner
  • ToothPics
  • Voice-activated perio charting software
  • Web browser software
  • Windent OMS
  • Windent SQL
  • Word processing software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800