Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance.
Common job titles of Prosthodontists 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.
66.38% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.
17.56% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
Fit prostheses to patients, making any necessary adjustments and modifications.
Design and fabricate dental prostheses, or supervise dental technicians and laboratory bench workers who construct the devices.
Replace missing teeth and associated oral structures with permanent fixtures, such as implant-supported prostheses, crowns and bridges, or removable fixtures, such as dentures.
Measure and take impressions of patients' jaws and teeth to determine the shape and size of dental prostheses, using face bows, dental articulators, recording devices, and other materials.
Collaborate with general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.
Use bonding technology on the surface of the teeth to change tooth shape or to close gaps.
Repair, reline, or rebase dentures.
Bleach discolored teeth to brighten and whiten them.
Place veneers onto teeth to conceal defects.
Treat facial pain and jaw joint problems.
Restore function and aesthetics to traumatic injury victims, or to individuals with diseases or birth defects.
Wire cutting scissors
Weingart utility pliers
Surgical needle holdersAll Tools
Surgical dental microscopes
Stone vacuum mixers
Rotary cutting instruments
Rotary abrasive instruments
Partial impression trays
Pantographic tracing instruments
Panoramic dental x ray units
Orthodontic wire bending pliers
Needle point tracers
Ligature tying pliers
Intraoral still cameras
Gothic arch tracers
Edentulous impression trays
Distal end cutters
Digital dental x ray units
Dental wax knives
Dental wax carvers
Dental thickness gauges
Dental mouth props
Dental laboratory spatulas
Dental laboratory die saws
Dental laboratory alcohol torches
Dental impression guns
Dental impression compound water baths
Dental caliper gauges
Dental bur attachments
Crown removal pliers
Crown and bridge trays
Bracket positioning gauges
Bird beak pliers
Articulating paper forceps
Henry Schein DentalVision Professional
Henry Schein Dentrix
Henry Schein Easy Dental
Image management software
Kea Software impDAT
Kodak Dental Systems Kodak PRACTICEWORKS Practice management software PMSAll Technologies
Materialise Dental SimPLANT
Materialise Dental SurgiGuide
Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft
Perio charting software
Planet DDS Denticon
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
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
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
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization
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
Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Control Precision
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 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.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.