Pre-Dental Preparation

Dentists diagnose and treat patients for health problems in the teeth, gums, and other areas of the mouth. They also provide instruction on oral health, remove tooth decay, fill cavities, prescribe medications, and repair teeth. Dentists use a variety of equipment and procedures including x-rays, drills, and lasers.

Dentists are general practitioners or may practice as a specialist in areas, such oral and maxillofacial surgery, or as orthodontists or periodontists.

Job Outlook

Employment for dentists is expected to grow by 8%, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • $163,220
    Median Annual Salary
  • 8%

    Projected Job Growth,


  • #47

    100 Best Jobs,

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How to Apply

Dentists can either obtain a doctorate of dental medicine (DMD) or a doctorate of dental surgery (DDS) and must be licensed in order to practice. Dental schools are highly competitive. Dental school usually takes four years to complete and although not required, most students complete a one-year residency. Dentists who specialize go on to further training in the form of a two-to-four-year residency.