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Dental Careers

To be successful in a dental career, the following skills and aptitudes are essential:

  • Strong people skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Finger dexterity
  • Arm / hand steadiness
  • Attention to detail
  • Service-oriented
  • Compassionate, patient, caring

Below are some careers in the dental field, a brief description of each career, and average wage information:

Career Description Average wage
Dental Assistant Assist the dentist; prepare the patient, equipment, and materials; take x-rays; maintain accurate records $18.61 per hour
Dental Technician Construct and repair dentures or dental appliances $20.90 per hour
Dental Hygienist Clean and examine teeth; take x-rays; educate patients; apply fluoride / sealants $42.82 per hour
Dentist Diagnose and treat disease and malformations of teeth and gums; fill cavities; install crowns, implants, and dentures; preform extractions $92.72 per hour
Orthodontist Treat dental alignment issues; design and fabricate appliances $55.40 per hour
Oral Surgeon Execute difficult and multiple extractions of teeth; remove tumors; correct jaw alignment issues $111.92 per hour

Dental Careers