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Working As A Periodontist

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Periodontist 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.

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How To Become A Periodontist

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.

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Periodontist Demographics

Gender

Female

70.2%

Male

20.0%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

6.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.5%

Hindi

8.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

Chinese

4.3%

Vietnamese

4.3%

German

4.3%

Marathi

4.3%

Cantonese

4.3%

French

4.3%

Dari

4.3%

Urdu

4.3%

Polish

4.3%

Korean

4.3%
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Periodontist Education

Schools

University of Florida

9.4%

University of Pennsylvania

9.4%

University of Southern California

7.5%

Columbia University

7.5%

Hudson Valley Community College

5.7%

Tufts University School of Medicine

5.7%

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

5.7%

Springfield Technical Community College

3.8%

Cape Cod Community College

3.8%

Bunker Hill Community College

3.8%

Miami Dade College

3.8%

State University of New York Farmingdale

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

Boston University

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

Harvard University

3.8%

Foothill College

3.8%

South Puget Sound Community College

3.8%

Loma Linda University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%
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Majors

Dental Assisting

30.8%

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

25.5%

Business

5.7%

Biology

5.3%

Dentistry

4.5%

Education

4.0%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

3.2%

Medicine

2.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Nursing

2.4%

General Studies

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Management

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%

Medical Technician

1.2%

Health Education

1.2%

Accounting

1.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%

Public Health

0.8%
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Degrees

Other

25.5%

Associate

23.4%

Certificate

15.0%

Bachelors

13.3%

Doctorate

10.5%

Masters

10.1%

License

1.0%

Diploma

1.0%
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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$40,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
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$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
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$87,000
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Median 50%
$188,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Dental Care Alliance
Highest Paying City
Aurora, CO
Highest Paying State
Colorado
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Periodontist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Periodontist in the United States is $87,459 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $40,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $189,000.

Real Periodontist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Periodontist Ronald L. Freeman, D.D.S., Inc. Ashland, OH Mar 01, 2013 $396,530
Periodontist Dental Technology Inc. Fort Hood, TX Jan 08, 2011 $313,050
Periodontist Western Dental Services, Inc. Fairfield, CA Sep 25, 2013 $260,875
Periodontist Western Dental Services, Inc. Fairfield, CA Sep 19, 2013 $260,875
Periodontist CDPG, P.L. Ocala, FL Jan 09, 2016 $260,875
Periodontist Ahmed El-Halaby, DDS, MSD, PC Longview, TX Sep 25, 2014 $235,560
Periodontist Stephen Saroff, DDS, Med, MSD Richmond, VA Oct 18, 2011 $221,333
Periodontist Lee N Sheldon, DMD, Pa Melbourne, FL Jun 27, 2016 $221,000
Periodontist Lee N. Sheldon DMD Pa Melbourne, FL Mar 01, 2015 $221,000
Periodontist All Smiles Orthodontics Flossmoor, IL Jul 18, 2016 $214,500
Periodontist Jordan C Luna DDS PLLC Sunnyvale, TX Sep 16, 2016 $208,700 -
$417,400
Periodontist Delicate Dental Care, Pa Houston, TX Dec 26, 2016 $208,700
Periodontist (Dentist) Diana Wohlstein DMD PLLC Sunrise, FL Oct 01, 2012 $208,700
Periodontist NCD, Pa Watauga, TX Oct 02, 2015 $208,700
Periodontist Dental Associates Ltd. of Wisconsin Franklin, WI Sep 03, 2013 $160,000 -
$210,000
Periodontist Perico, P.C. Swampscott, MA Aug 25, 2016 $156,000
Periodontist Capstone Dental Center, PC Amherst, NH Oct 17, 2011 $151,808
Periodontist Two Rivers Dental, P.C. Bolingbrook, IL Jun 01, 2014 $151,000 -
$175,000
Periodontist Roseman University of Health Sciences South Jordan, UT Sep 01, 2014 $150,000
Periodontist Sea Mar Community Health Centers Mount Vernon, WA Oct 05, 2015 $150,000
Periodontist John F Whitt Jr DDS Pa Lady Lake, FL Sep 13, 2016 $120,000
Periodontist Carus Dental, P.C. Killeen, TX Jan 09, 2016 $117,707
Periodontist Paul M Polyviou DDS PC Lincoln Park, MI Jan 10, 2016 $117,394
Periodontist Towncare Dental of Winter Park, P.A. Winter Park, FL Sep 27, 2013 $117,000
Periodontist Dental Professionals Cleveland-Nouneh, Inc. Mentor, OH Feb 28, 2013 $116,872 -
$243,803
Periodontist Ahmed El-Halaby, DDS, MSD, PC Longview, TX Sep 17, 2014 $114,317
Periodontist Bruce K. Barr D.D.S. P.C. Virginia Beach, VA Jan 01, 2013 $113,700

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Top Skills for A Periodontist

  1. Perio
  2. Dental Procedures
  3. Surgical Procedures
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  • Elicited referrals from dentists in the area, and significantly increased utilization of periodontal services at practice.
  • Assisted in 4 handed Periodontal surgical procedures.
  • Experienced being an assistant in multiple soft tissue grafts, and extraction surgeries during my time at this office.
  • Educated patients on appropriate oral hygiene strategies and nutritional counseling.
  • Implemented periodontal protocol for evaluation and treatment plans.

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