Dentist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Dentist

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Description

 

Dentists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the mouth, teeth and gums. Dentists provide preventive care and oral hygiene advice along with performing root canals, implants, extractions, bridges, and inspections.

They use x-rays and examinations to diagnose issues. Dentists use specialized equipment to treat a multitude of conditions and some specialize in certain areas of dentistry to better treat patients. 

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Responsibilities

 

Most dentists practice general dentistry. General dentists treat all patients in many different settings and are responsible for the following duties:

  • Use techniques and equipment to examine the head and neck and oral cavity to identify and diagnose oral conditions and determine oral health.

  • Use specialized diagnostic techniques to identify diseases of the teeth and oral cavity tissues. 

  • Restore and replace teeth damaged by decay, trauma or disease, with implants, crowns and bridges.

  • Perform corrective surgery on gums to treat gum disease.

  • Extract teeth when necessary.

  • Eliminate pain from oral diseases, conditions, and trauma, with medicine.

  • Correct the position of teeth to improve chewing, speech, and appearance.

  • Oversee the business side of private practice and supervise staff.

  • Evaluate the overall health of their patients.

  • Provide instruction and advice on oral health care and preventive measures.

  • Provide instruction and advice on oral health care, including individualized diet analysis, brushing and flossing techniques, the use of fluoridated products and other specialized preventive measures.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas about patient issues. Teach patient about preventative measures and be transparent about their oral health. 

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing patient to make sure they respond well to treatment and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary. 

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you are guardian of people's health. You have a responsibility to ensure the correct treatment and diagnosis of patient and must be able to see it through.

Detailed

Be meticulous in your work. Work on small things like teeth and in small areas, so you have to be careful about your tasks. 

Leadership

Must be able to oversee business tasks and manage employees as dentists mostly own their practice. 

Dexterity

Must work well with your hands, as they are your main tool for your job and you work in small spaces (the mouth). 

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Working Conditions

 

Many Dentists own their practice, so they enjoy autonomy and comfortable working conditions. Most have normal work schedules and regular hours at about 40 a week.Many have the flexibility to chooses the number of hours they work. 

They work closely with people every day and usually oversee other employee tasks. Their environment is usually an indoor office and they usually wear a lab coat, gloves, masks, and safety glasses.

They also work around radiation since they X-ray patients, which means they have the risk of that exposure. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
10.20.2017
Must be a graduate from an accredited school of dentistry. NC Dental License required.
10.20.2017
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10.20.2017
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10.20.2017
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08.31.2017
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10.20.2017
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