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List of Dental Careers and Job Profiles

There are many excellent job prospects at all levels of the dental care industry. Dental career opportunities are growing and are projected to continue growing for the next decade.

This dental careers list will get you started on your way to a rewarding career with good prospects and competitive compensation.

Vital Parts of the Dental Team

Dental Assistant: The dental assistant prepares equipment, processes x-rays, takes impressions, schedules appointments and helps patients during treatment. While many employers look for dental assistant education, some people may begin a career through on-the-job training or work-study programs.

Dental Hygienist: The dental hygienist cleans teeth, reviews patient health histories, develops x-rays and applies sealants and fluoride to teeth. An associate's degree in dental hygiene is usually required.

Dental Laboratory Technician: Dental lab technicians work with the dentist to create dentures, crowns, veneers and orthodontic appliances. Some employers require college degrees, but they are not always necessary.

General Dentist: A general dentist treats oral diseases, injuries and malformations. They can place implants and perform tissue grafts and simple extractions. Dentists need to have four-year degrees and advanced degrees from accredited dental schools. They also need to obtain licensure from the states in which they practice. 

Dental Specialists

Dental specialists are dentists who have completed additional training in one of nine specialties. 

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics:  Diagnosis, prevention and correction of malocclusion and neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities

Endodontics: Treatment of dental pulp and other tissue around the dental root

Periodontics: Treatment of the tissue that supports the teeth

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Surgical treatment of diseases, defects, and injuries involving the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and face

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology: Interpretation of data collected through x-rays for the health management of the oral and maxillofacial region

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: Study and treatment of diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region

Pediatric dentistry: Oral health care for infants through adolescents

Prosthodontics: Treatment of patients with missing teeth or deficient supporting tissues using artificial and natural substitutes

Dental Public Health: Prevent and control dental diseases through organized community efforts

Explore Dental Career Opportunities at Kool Smiles

The U.S. Department of Labor projects an 18% growth in the dental industry in the next decade. There has never been a better time to consider a dental career than right now, and you can find a career you'll love at Kool Smiles!

Easily find open jobs on our Kool Smiles dental careers list.

Working at Kool Smiles gives you the opportunity to make a great living while serving the community. Connect with a Kool Smiles recruiter today to get started!

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Sources:  

BLS: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dentists.htm

ADA: http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Education%20and%20Careers/Files/assistant_fact.ashx

ADA: http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/dental-team-careers/dental-hygienist

Carrington College: http://carrington.edu/blog/dental/working-in-dentistry-list-of-careers-jobs-in-dental-field/

ADA: http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Education%20and%20Careers/Files/technician_fact.ashx

ADA: http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Education%20and%20Careers/Files/dentistry_fact.ashx

ADA: http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/dental-specialties/specialty-definitions

WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/types-of-malocclusion-topic-overview

 

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