|Overview:||Dentists diagnose and treat disease, injury and malformations of teeth and gums. They use x-rays to diagnose and use drills & hand instruments to remove decay, and grind teeth. They take wax impressions to have bridges, caps, and false teeth constructed.|
|Duties:||They diagnose patient's problems with teeth and gums for purposes of prevention and correction of diseases, decay, malformations and injuries.
They use his/her fine hand-eye coordination skills to drill and grind teeth using hand-held instruments, drills and other equipment.
They make wax impressions for bridges, crowns and caps. Match shades of white of patient's teeth with those available bridges. Fit final products by fine grinding of teeth and the appliance.
The interpret patient X-rays to diagnose tooth and gum condition and problems. Refer patients for further care to specialists such as oral surgeons and orthodontists.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of dentists is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018. The aging population will require more treatment as they keep their teeth much longer and baby boomers demand prostheses, cosmetic procedures and other complicated dental work as more people have dental insurance to help pay for these services.|
|Starting Salary:||Those with a specialty practice can earn higher salaries.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$75,000 to $81,000|
|Education Level:||Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.|
|Additional Training/Education:||All states require dentists to be licensed. Licensing requires graduation from an accredited dental school and passing written and practical exams. In addition to completing four years of dental school, most dentists have a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college. Dental schools require a minimum of two years of pre-dental college training.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.