Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of General Dentist include:
Experience and Education
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.
81.44% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
7.17% said they needed a Some College Courses.
Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
Manage business aspects such as employing or supervising staff or handling paperwork or insurance claims.
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.
Use masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect patients and self from infectious diseases.
Advise or instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, or oral health care services.
Analyze or evaluate dental needs to determine changes or trends in patterns of dental disease.
Design, make, or fit prosthodontic appliances, such as space maintainers, bridges, or dentures, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for denturists or dental technicians.
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.
Use dental air turbines, hand instruments, dental appliances, or surgical implements.
Apply fluoride or sealants to teeth.
Plan, organize, or maintain dental health programs.
Perform oral or periodontal surgery on the jaw or mouth.
Treat exposure of pulp by pulp capping, removal of pulp from pulp chamber, or root canal, using dental instruments.
Write prescriptions for antibiotics or other medications.
Fill pulp chamber and canal with endodontic materials.
Produce or evaluate dental health educational materials.
Bleach, clean, or polish teeth to restore natural color.
Remove diseased tissue, using surgical instruments.
Eliminate irritating margins of fillings and correct occlusions, using dental instruments.
Wire and arch bar scissors
Visible light curing units
Ultrasonic scaler tips
Turvey maxillary expander
Towel clampsAll Tools
Tooth-whitening argon lasers
Tooth color shade guides
Straight mosquito forceps
Straight dental handpieces
Slow-speed dental handpieces
Single-ended periodontal probes
Rubber dam punches
Rubber dam frames
Rubber dam clamps
Rubber dam clamp forceps
Root tip picks
Root canal spreaders
Root canal reamers
Root canal rasps
Root canal pluggers
Root canal files
Root canal enlargers
Root canal barbed broaches
Prophy contra angle head assemblies
Porcelain crown pliers
Plastic filling instruments
Photo-activated disinfection systems
Periodontal probing devices
Periodontal pocket markers
Panoramic x ray equipment
Oral evacuation equipment
Occlusal force analysis systems
Nitrous oxide administration equipment
Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG dental lasers
Manual film processing systems
Laryngeal mask airways LMA
Intraoral x ray equipment
Intraoral microscope systems
Intraoral camera systems
High-speed dental handpieces
High heat sterilizers
Gutta percha dispensers
Fiberoptic periosteal elevators
Fiberoptic diagnostic probes
Fiberoptic dental mirrors
Extraoral x ray equipment
Endodontic obturating cones
Electrically powered dental amalgamators
Double-end periodontal probes
Digital radiographic equipment
Digital medical thermometers
Dental x ray protective aprons
Dental wire cutters
Dental wax spatuals
Dental operating lights
Dental mouth props
Dental matrix bands
Dental margin trimmers
Dental laboratory plaster traps
Dental laboratory lathes
Dental impression trays
Dental fiberoptic retractors
Dental excavating burs
Dental electrosurgery devices
Dental cord packing instruments
Dental carbon dioxide CO2 lasers
Dental aspiration syringes
Dental amalgam carvers
Dental air abrasion systems
Daylight loader film processing systems
Curved mosquito forceps
Crown splitting forceps
Crown removing pliers
Contra angle sheaths
Composite placing instruments
Chin-length plastic face shields
Chemical vapor sterilizers
Cement placing instruments
Blood pressure monitors
Ball bearing contra angle assemblies
Automatic film processing systems
Automated external defibrillators AED
Articulating paper forceps
Angle dental handpieces
Air/water syringe tips
AltaPoint Data Systems AltaPoint Dental
Data Team DDS
Dental charting softwareAll Technologies
Dental clinical records software
Dental digital radiology software
Dental imaging software
Dental intra-oral imaging software
DSN Software Dental-Exec
DSN Software Oral Surgery-Exec
DSN Software Perio-Exec
Henry Schein DentalVision Professional
Henry Schein Dentrix
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
MOGO Dental Software MOGO
Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft
Teleo Practice Services The Complete Practitioner
Voice-activated perio charting software
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Finger Dexterity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Arm-Hand Steadiness
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Control Precision
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Manual Dexterity
Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Economics and Accounting
Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.