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Understanding Different Types of Dentist Jobs

General dentistry is just one of the various types of dentist jobs available. The opportunities and benefits of a career in dentistry are boundless. If you're considering a career in dentistry, learn more about the types of jobs you can pursue.

Different Types of Dentistry Careers

General dentists are required to attend dental school to train in oral diseases and clinical treatment techniques. Some dentists pursue additional training to become specialists in a certain field.

A few of the different types of dentist jobs include:

  • General Dentist
    General dentists are the primary dental health care provider for patients. These dental professionals provide cleanings, fillings, treatments and other oral maintenance and preventative care.

  • Cosmetic Dentist
    A cosmetic dentist specializes in improving the appearance of a patient's smile. They typically specializing in installing veneers and in teeth whitening treatments.

  • Orthodontist
    This type of dentist specializes in jaw alignment and tooth positioning. Orthodontists typically straighten smiles using braces, retainers and other orthodontic devices.

  • Periodontist
    Periodontists specialize in the gums and the soft tissues of the mouth. This type of dentist treats problems like gum disease and oral inflammation.

Additional Dental Jobs

Dentists can't take care of patients by themselves. To help give patients the best care, dentists enlist the help of dental assistants and hygienists. Education requirements for each position vary by state.

  • Dental Assistant
    Dental assistants help dentists with a variety of tasks, including preparation and assistance during procedures. They may also take and process x-ray images of patients' teeth.

  • Dental Hygienist
    These dental professionals provide oral health care such as cleanings and other preventative treatments. Dental hygienists are typically required to earn an associate's degree before practicing.

  • Dental Lab Technician
    Technicians work in non-clinical roles in dentist offices, making dental prosthetics like bridges and crowns.

Dental Office Jobs

If you want to work in dentistry but don't have specialized medical training, there are additional types of jobs you can pursue. Dentists need administrative employees including receptionists, schedulers, accounting and billing professionals and office managers.

Advance Your Dental Career with Kool Smiles

At Kool Smiles, we offer competitive salaries, generous benefits and the opportunity to work with enthusiastic individuals who care about providing quality dental care to those who need it most.

Browse the various types of dentist jobs open now across the U.S.

Connect with a Kool Smiles recruiter to learn more about the rewards of a Kool Smiles dentistry career!

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Sources:

About.com: http://healthcareers.about.com/od/healthcareerprofiles/p/DentistryCareer.htm

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

AAP: https://www.perio.org/consumer/periodontist2.htm

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