What does a Dentist do?

A dentist is a physician that works diagnosing and treating problems concerning patient's teeth and gums. They provide regular checkups and cleanings in addition to more detailed procedures like root canals or installing braces. A dentist is located in a dental medical facility and is usually an independent practice or small to medium business. They also complete x-rays in the office as well as evaluations for more extensive orthodontic procedures.

Each state requires dentists to be licensed and hold a degree from an accredited dental school. In addition, dentists are required to complete a residency program and work in their area of specialty before becoming fully licensed. Individuals who are interested in oral care, promoting healthy living and enjoy working closely with patients will likely excel as a dentist.

What responsibilities are common for Dentist jobs?
  • Provide general dental care by cleaning teeth and filling cavities
  • Repair and remove problematic or chipped teeth
  • Correct teeth alignment or placement by installing braces
  • Protect teeth by using sealants or using whitening treatments
  • Recommend patients to dental specialists as needed for recommended procedures
  • Instruct patients about best practices in oral health, and recommend the best brushes and toothpaste for their needs
  • Create models of crowns and dentures by taking measurements and making models
  • Review x-ray images captured in the office to determine the health of the teeth and potential areas of concern
What are the typical qualifications for Dentist jobs?
  • Doctoral degree in dental medicine
  • Licensed to practice dentistry in the state of residency required
  • Continuing education courses for new procedures and standards
  • Experience working in accordance with HIPAA and other medical privacy laws
  • Professional and compassionate demeanor when interacting with patients
  • Personal accountability and attention to detail required
  • Ability to multitask and make informed decisions accurately and quickly
  • Experience working in a high-volume dental office and delivering exceptional care
  • Strict adherence to sanitation requirements for tools and procedures
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Dentist Salaries

Average Base Pay

€52,367 /yr
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Dentist Career Path

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Portman Dental CarePortman Dental Care
8 Feb 2021

“Excellent back office support meaning I can go to work and do what I do best”

Heartland DentalHeartland Dental
General Dentist
11 Dec 2020

“I have a salary and benefits and get to do what I want and practice how I want.”

28 Jun 2020

“Pension good and good work ethos”

Bulgaria Dent
General Dentist
31 Jul 2021

“Career and personal development support is minimal.”

Tela Dental Clinic Ajmer
Dental Surgeon
17 Jun 2021

“Good and friendly environment to work with.”

Heartland DentalHeartland Dental
12 Mar 2022

“So much training to be the best leader I can be and I am in charge of EVERYTHING clinical.”

Mint DentistryMint Dentistry
General Dentist
11 Feb 2021

“Good nice best cool excellent”

Tree Top Hospital
28 Sept 2021

“Good good good good good”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Dentist

When working as a Dentist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Diagnosis, CPR, Written Communication, Strong VERBAL and Interpersonal and Communication.

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