FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Become A General Dentist

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A General Dentist

  • Getting Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $121,606

    Average Salary

What Does A General Dentist Do

Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

Duties

Dentists typically do the following:

  • Remove decay from teeth and fill cavities
  • Repair cracked or fractured teeth and remove teeth
  • Place sealants or whitening agents on teeth
  • Administer anesthetics to keep patients from feeling pain during procedures
  • Prescribe antibiotics or other medications
  • Examine x rays of teeth, gums, the jaw, and nearby areas in order to diagnose problems
  • Make models and measurements for dental appliances, such as dentures, to fit patients
  • Teach patients about diets, flossing, the use of fluoride, and other aspects of dental care

Dentists use a variety of equipment, including x-ray machines, drills, mouth mirrors, probes, forceps, brushes, and scalpels. They also use lasers, digital scanners, and other computer technologies, such as digital dentistry.

In addition, dentists in private practice oversee a variety of administrative tasks, including bookkeeping and buying equipment and supplies. They employ and supervise dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratory technicians, and receptionists.

Most dentists are general practitioners and handle a variety of dental needs. Other dentists practice in 1 of 9 specialty areas:

Dental public health specialists promote good dental health and the prevention of dental diseases in specific communities.

Endodontists perform root-canal therapy, by which they remove the nerves and blood supply from injured or infected teeth.

Oral and maxillofacial radiologists diagnose diseases in the head and neck through the use of imaging technologies.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons operate on the mouth, jaws, teeth, gums, neck, and head, performing procedures such as surgically repairing a cleft lip and palate or removing impacted teeth.

Oral pathologists diagnose conditions in the mouth, such as bumps or ulcers, and oral diseases, such as cancer.

Orthodontists straighten teeth by applying pressure to the teeth with braces or other appliances.

Pediatric dentists focus on dentistry for children and special-needs patients.

Periodontists treat the gums and bone supporting the teeth.

Prosthodontists replace missing teeth with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or with removable fixtures, such as dentures.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A General Dentist

Dentists must be licensed in the state(s) in which they work. Licensure requirements vary by state, although candidates usually must graduate from an accredited dental school and pass written and practical exams.

Education

All dental schools require applicants to have completed certain science courses, such as biology and chemistry, before entering dental school. Students typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter most dental programs, although no specific major is required. However, majoring in a science, such as biology, might increase one’s chances of being accepted. Requirements vary by school.

College undergraduates who plan on applying to dental school usually must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) during their junior year. Admission to dental school can be competitive. Dental schools use these tests along with other factors, such as grade point average, interviews, and recommendations, to admit students into their programs.

Dental school programs typically include coursework in subjects such as local anesthesia, anatomy, periodontics (the study of oral disease and health), and radiology. All programs at dental schools include clinical experience in which students work directly with patients under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Completion of a dental program results in one of three degrees: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM), and Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD). In 2015, the Commission on Dental Accreditation, part of the American Dental Association, accredited more than 60 dental school programs.

High school students who want to become dentists should take courses in chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy, and math.

Training

All nine dental specialties require dentists to complete additional training before practicing that specialty. This training is usually a 2- to 4-year residency in a program related to their specialty. General dentists do not require any additional training after dental school.

Dentists who want to teach or do research full time usually spend an additional 2 to 5 years in advanced dental training. Many practicing dentists also teach part time, including supervising students in dental school clinics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Dentists must be licensed in the state(s) in which they work. All states require dentists to be licensed; requirements vary by state. Most states require a dentist to have a degree from an accredited dental school and to pass the written and practical National Board Dental Examinations.

In addition, a dentist who wants to practice in one of the nine specialties must have a license in that specialty. Licensure requires the completion of a residency after dental school and, in some cases, the completion of a special state exam.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Dentists must have excellent communication skills. They must be able to communicate effectively with patients, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and receptionists.

Detail oriented. Dentists must be detail oriented so that patients receive appropriate treatments and medications. They also must pay attention to the shape and color of teeth and to the space between them. For example, they may need to closely match a false tooth with a patient’s other teeth.

Dexterity. Dentists must be good at working with their hands. They work with tools in a limited area.

Leadership skills. Most dentists work in their own practice. This requires them to manage and lead a staff.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills, including the ability to keep accurate records of patient care, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Dentists may work for long periods of time with patients who need special attention. Children and patients with a fear of dental work may require a lot of patience.

Physical stamina. Dentists should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as bending over patients for long periods.

Problem-solving skills. Dentists need strong problem-solving skills. They must evaluate patients’ symptoms and choose the appropriate treatments.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a General Dentist?

General Dentist Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Do you work as a General Dentist?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Do you work as a General Dentist?

General Dentist Demographics

Gender

Female

50.8%

Male

43.1%

Unknown

6.1%
Ethnicity

White

43.1%

Asian

22.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Unknown

8.9%

Black or African American

8.4%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.4%

Hindi

8.8%

Korean

5.7%

Russian

5.7%

French

3.8%

Portuguese

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%

Vietnamese

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Urdu

3.1%

Ukrainian

2.5%

Gujarati

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Dutch

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Armenian

1.3%

Marathi

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Italian

1.3%
Show More

General Dentist Education

Schools

City College of New York of the City University of New York

9.1%

Howard University

8.4%

Tufts University School of Medicine

8.4%

New York University

8.2%

University of Pennsylvania

6.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.6%

Boston University

5.4%

Temple University

5.2%

University of Southern California

5.2%

Baylor College of Dentistry of Tx A&M Health Sci Ctr

5.2%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.3%

University of Louisville

3.7%

Meharry Medical College

3.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.5%

University of Missouri - Kansas City

3.5%

Columbia University

3.2%

University of Detroit Mercy

2.8%

University of California - San Francisco

2.8%

State University of New York Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

2.6%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

2.6%
Show More
Majors

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

48.6%

Dentistry

17.4%

Medicine

10.3%

Biology

5.9%

Dental Assisting

5.1%

Business

1.9%

Education

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.2%

Public Health

1.1%

Clinical Psychology

1.1%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.1%

Microbiology

0.7%

Physiology And Anatomy

0.7%

English

0.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

0.6%

Psychology

0.6%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

0.4%

Management

0.4%

Pharmacy

0.4%

Nursing

0.3%
Show More
Degrees

Doctorate

52.8%

Other

19.8%

Bachelors

11.4%

Masters

7.3%

Certificate

5.7%

Associate

2.0%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Real General Dentist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
General Dentist (Clinical Director) Familia Dental Amarillo PLLC Amarillo, TX Jun 24, 2016 $250,000
General Dentist Smilebuilderz, LLC Lancaster, PA Feb 12, 2016 $238,138
General Dentist Family Centers, Inc. Greenwich, CT Jun 24, 2016 $208,700
General Dentist Family Centers Inc. Greenwich, CT Jun 13, 2016 $208,700
General Dentist New England Family Dentistry PC Lawrence, MA Sep 09, 2015 $208,700
General Dentist Smilebuilderz LLC Lancaster, PA Jan 11, 2016 $200,000
General Dentist-Orthodontist Dexter Dental LLC Elgin, IL Aug 25, 2015 $200,000
General Dentist Familia Dental Ros LLC Roswell, NM Aug 28, 2015 $197,662
General Dentist Familia Dental Ros LLC Los Chaves, NM Sep 22, 2016 $197,600
General Dentist Decatur 2012 LLC Decatur, IL Aug 27, 2016 $197,600
General Dentist Familia Dental Clovis LLC Clovis, NM Sep 22, 2016 $197,600
General Dentist Familia Dental Hob LLC Hobbs, NM Jun 11, 2015 $197,600
General Dentist Julie D Tran Dds LLC Alexandria, VA Jun 17, 2015 $146,090
General Dentist Julie D Tran Dds LLC Alexandria, VA May 13, 2016 $146,090
General Dentist Coast Dental of Nevada Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 15, 2016 $144,212
Dentist, General Smile Leasing, PLLC Nacogdoches, TX Jan 09, 2016 $144,000
General Dentist Ruparelia Dental PC Pecos, TX Jan 25, 2016 $144,000
General Dentist Best Smiles Family Dental QC LLC Davenport, IA Sep 17, 2016 $144,000
General Dentist Ruparelia Dental PC Monahans, TX Apr 14, 2016 $144,000
General Dentist Perfect Dental, LLC Taunton, MA Jul 14, 2015 $143,732
General Dentist Khehra Dental Corporation San Jose, CA Jun 01, 2015 $118,959
Dentist, General Northland Dental Partners, P.C. Chanhassen, MN Jan 09, 2016 $118,604
Dentist, General Crusaders Central Clinic Association Rockford, IL Aug 29, 2016 $117,915
General Dentist Professional Dental Alliance Cleveland, OH Jan 15, 2015 $117,582
Dentist, General Crusaders Central Clinic Association Rockford, IL Aug 15, 2016 $117,520
General Dentist The Children's Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles Inglewood, CA Jan 09, 2016 $117,394
General Dentist Columbia Dental PC New Britain, CT Mar 16, 2015 $117,300
General Dentist Mt. Holly Family Dentistry NJ Jan 05, 2015 $116,730

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

Show More

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a General Dentist?

Have you worked as a General Dentist? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a General Dentist.

Top Skills for A General Dentist

Show More

  1. Dental Procedures
  2. Composite Restorations
  3. Comprehensive Treatment Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted complete general dental procedures for children and adults from indigent communities.
  • Carried out procedures like extractions, scaling and root planning, root canal treatment, amalgam and composite restorations.
  • Maintained my patients hygiene recall, provided comprehensive treatment plans for patients as well as simple extractions and endodonticts.
  • Performed mostly molar endodontic treatment for patients referred by colleagues.
  • Perform oral surgery and provide removable prosthodontics

How Would You Rate Working As a General Dentist?

Are you working as a General Dentist? Help us rate General Dentist as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Top 10 Best States for General Dentists

  1. Alaska
  2. North Dakota
  3. New Mexico
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Maine
  7. Delaware
  8. Iowa
  9. Michigan
  10. New Hampshire
  • (14 jobs)
  • (37 jobs)
  • (74 jobs)
  • (148 jobs)
  • (15 jobs)
  • (23 jobs)
  • (5 jobs)
  • (74 jobs)
  • (113 jobs)
  • (23 jobs)

Top General Dentist Employers

Show More

Jobs From Top General Dentist Employers

General Dentist Videos

A Day in the Life of Rob (Dental School)

10 Things Every Pre-Med Should Know About Becoming a Doctor

Related to your recently viewed content