Dentistry Nicole Ekezie

DESCRIPTION OF CAREER: A dentist examines patients' teeth and mouth tissue in order to first diagnose and then treat any problems she or he may have. Treatments may include filling cavities, repairing damaged teeth and removing necessary teeth. Most dentists are general practitioners and some are specialists.

  • TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Examine, diagnose, provide treatments conseling to patients in a comprehensive manner
  • Educate patients on oral health
  • Refer patients to certain specialists
A dentist examining a diagnostic x-ray.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Some dentists own their businesses and work alone or with a small staff. Others have partners in their practice. They usually work in offices. They wear masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect themselves. Most dentists work full time. While some work evenings and weekends to meet their patients' needs.

A dentist wearing safety glasses, masks, and gloves.
A typical dentist office
  • EDUCATION & TRAINING:
  • One must attend a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Programs take approximately 4 years to complete, but those who want to specialize must then spend an additional yr or 2 in residency.
  • To get accepted by one of the more than 50 dental schools in the US, one must complete at least 2 years of pre-dental education, but most programs require a bachelor's degree.
  • Requirements vary from state to state, but all include graduation from an accredited school & passing Part I & II of the National Board Dental Exam

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT: Advancements for dentists depends on whether one decides to go into buisiness for themselves or not. Those who work for others can expect some advancement. Others who have their own buisiness will likely be able to grow from there.

SALARY & BENEFITS: Dentist receive benefit packages with different types of education allowances; paid vacation, and differnt types of insurances. The average salary of top earners include $187, 200 plus.

  • APTITUDES AND VALUES REQUIRED:
  • Ability to present professional appearance
  • Ability to self-evaluate
  • Ability to implement measures to maintain own physical and mental health and emotional stability
  • Ability to practice honest and ethical behavior and accountability
  • Emotional and mental health necessary to effectively apply knowledge and exercise appropriate judgment
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability

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