Dentists diagnose, prevent and treat teeth and tissue problems. They fill cavities, examine x-rays, repair fractured teeth, perform corrective surgery, extract teeth and make models and measurements for dentures. A strong background in biology, chemistry, physics, health and mathematics is necessary to become a dentist. Good communication skills and a strong understanding of business are also important.
There is currently a shortage of dentists in rural settings; none-the-less, employment of dentists is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2016. As dental care continues to focus more on prevention and cosmetic dentistry, dentists are likely to hire more dental hygienists and dental assistants to handle routine services and expanded functions.
What/Where the jobs are
Dental offices (orthodontists, pediatric dentists, public health dentists, general practitioner, periodontists, endodontists), military.
Associate in Arts (AA)
Jim Cheaney, Jim.Cheaney@iavalley.edu