Dental Careers

Top 10 Reasons to Become a Dentist

  • Serve Others: Help people maintain and improve their oral health, quality of life and appearance
  • Balance Your Lifestyle: Dentistry offers flexibility to balance professional and personal life
  • Empower Your Patients: Give patients smiles they are proud to wear
  • Research: Be involved with the scientific advancement of dentistry
  • Be a Leader: Earn respect from your family, friends and community
  • Educate: Be an educator on the importance of oral health
  • Detect Disease: Treat oral health and detect disease - including cancer and cardiovascular disease
  • Be Creative: Merge your artistic and scientific talents
  • Succeed: With the aging population and increase in access to care, the demand and need for dentistry is on the rise
  • Choose Your Practice Model: Own a dental practice and set your own schedule or become an associate in a group practice.
General dentists are responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of a patient’s oral health. General dentists are trained in all dental procedures but choose not to specialize in only one specific area of dentistry. Dental specialists are dentists who have received additional education and training after receiving licensure as a general dentist. A dental education also gives you access to other career paths, like working in a hospital emergency room, conducting advanced laboratory research, teaching future dentists or even traveling the world with international health and relief organizations.

General Dentist

  • General dentists can provide a full range of services for the entire family


  • Anesthesiology is the specialty of dentistry encompassing the art and science of managing pain, anxiety, and overall patient health


  • Endodontists specialize in disease of the tooth pulp, performing such services as root canals

Oral Surgeon

  • Oral surgeons remove impacted teeth and repair fractures of the jaw and other damage to the bone structure around the mouth


  • Orthodontists correct misaligned teeth and jaws, usually by applying braces

Pediatric Dentist

  • Pediatric dentists generally limit their practices to children and teenagers


  • Periodontists treat disease of the gums


  • Prosthodontists generally specialize in replacing missing natural teeth with bridges and dentures