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How to Become a Dentist

There are around 140,000 dentist's in the United States practicing dentistry. Most dentist's own their own office's to do their own practice. Dentist's profession is to care for their patients oral care. General practitioners also coordinate care with dentists in other special needs when a patient needs special procedure done.

Some dentists will become partners with other dentists so that they can share the expense of the office and such. Most dentists who do their own practice face the demands and reap the rewards of running a small business as well as being a doctor. Dentists are their own bosses and they can set their own office hours. There are also some dentists who work in government health services, research programs, higher education, corporations and even the military.

The degree's that you need to become a dentist is a bachelor's degree with strong science foundation in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Admission to dental school that will normally take four years, requires high grades in college and a competitive score on the Dental Admission Test. After graduating from dental school you have to take an examination that is required by the state that you are going to work in. Special requirements will probably take another two years of school or a clinical residency program.

Becoming a dentist will pay off in the long run. The demand for dental care is growing as public awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral health increases. The specialized dental fields include:

  • General dentists, the primary dental care provider for all patients, are responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to patients' oral health needs.

  • Orthodontists improve patients' smiles by straightening crooked teeth and misaligned jaws with the use of braces and other appliances.

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeons care for patients who experience problems with jaws and facial structures. This includes the extraction of teeth, removing tumors and cysts, treating facial injuries and trauma, correcting improper jaw alignment and reconstructive treatment.

  • Periodontists care for patients' gums and other tissues that support the teeth.

  • Pediatric dentists treat the overall oral health needs of children.

  • Oral pathologists examine and diagnose tumors and lesions of the mouth.

  • Endodontists treat inner tooth structures and perform root canals.

  • Public health dentists work mostly with government agencies to address the complex issues of treating and educating groups that do not enjoy regular access to a dentist, such as people with special needs, the indigent and rural Americans.

  • Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

  • Oral and maxillofacial radiologists produce and interpret images and data to diagnose and manage diseases, disorders and conditions though the taking of traditional x-rays, digital radiography, CT scans (computed tomagraphy), MRIs (Magnetic resonance imaging), etc.

 

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