“Dentistry is the branch of the healing arts and sciences devoted to maintaining oral health. A degree in dentistry offers a number of career options, including:
- Academic Dentistry
- Dentistry Private Practice either as a General Dentist or Specialist (Self-Employed, Employee, Associate/Partner)
- Dental Research
- Dental Public Policy
- International Health Care
- Federal Government (Military Dentist)
Approximately 80% of all dentists practice General Dentistry. General dentists examine the head and neck and oral cavity to identify and diagnose oral conditions and determine the oral health of the patient; restore and replace teeth; perform corrective surgery on gums and supporting bones to treat gum disease; extract teeth when necessary; eliminate pain arising from oral diseases, conditions and trauma; provide instruction and advice on oral health care; oversee the administration and business of private practice and frequently employ and supervise a large number of staff and allied dental personnel.
Specialties include: endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, and public health.” (source: Explore Health Careers)
Learning More About Dentistry
Go Dental is the official web resource for up-to-date and cutting-edge information for people on the pathway to dental education and exciting oral health careers. This site offers an interactive experience for social networking, community development, and engaging in dialogue. GoDental is sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). To hear what current students have to say about their studies, visit the American Student Dental Association. Another resource is the American Dental Education Association website.
Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
Dental school applicants are required to take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). For information on the Dental Admission Test, see the DAT Website.