Prosthodontists

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

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Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

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:
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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.

Tasks

    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.

Tools

Wire cutting scissors

Willis gauges

Weingart utility pliers

Water injectors

Titanium forceps

Suture scissors

Surgical needle holders

All Tools

Surgical masks

Surgical gloves

Surgical dental microscopes

Stone vacuum mixers

Sprue formers

Shade guides

Serrated pliers

Safety goggles

Rotary cutting instruments

Rotary abrasive instruments

Plaster knives

Placing pliers

Periosteal elevators

Partial impression trays

Pantographic tracing instruments

Panoramic dental x ray units

Orthodontic wire bending pliers

Non-adjustable articulators

Needle point tracers

Mouth mirrors

Mosquito pliers

Modeling carvers

Low-speed handpieces

Ligature tying pliers

Laptop computers

Intraoral still cameras

Implant ratchets

High-speed handpieces

Gothic arch tracers

Fox planes

Forming pliers

Face bows

Edentulous impression trays

Distal end cutters

Digital dental x ray units

Digital cameras

Desktop computers

Dental wax knives

Dental wax carvers

Dental thickness gauges

Dental scanners

Dental mouth props

Dental laboratory spatulas

Dental laboratory die saws

Dental laboratory alcohol torches

Dental impression guns

Dental impression compound water baths

Dental explorers

Dental caliper gauges

Dental bur attachments

Dental articulators

Crown spreaders

Crown removal pliers

Crown grippers

Crown and bridge trays

Cement spatulas

Bunsen burners

Bracket positioning gauges

Boley gauges

Bird beak pliers

Bending pliers

Band pushers

Articulating paper forceps

Anesthetic injectors

Air injectors

Adjustable articulators

Abutment drivers

Technologies

Consult-PRO

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 PMS

All Technologies

Materialise Dental SimPLANT

Materialise Dental SurgiGuide

Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft

Perio charting software

Planet DDS Denticon

Practice-Web Dental

Skills

Active Listening

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.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking

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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Writing

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.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Time Management

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.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

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

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

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.

Psychology

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.

Chemistry

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.

English Language

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.

Biology

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.

Mechanical

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.

Physics

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.

Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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