Career Choice: Pediatric Dentist

Job Description:

Provides dental care for infants, children, and adolescents: Fabricates space maintainers designed for patients.

  • Treats primary and secondary teeth and constructs and places bridges, dentures, and obturating appliances suitable for growing arches.
  • Manages patients with behavioral problems or handicapping conditions.
  • Counsels and advises patients and family on growth and development dental problems of patient.
  • Provides preventive services through use of fluorides and sealants and instructs patient and family members on dental care.

A Pediatric Dentist's Salary:

Compensation for Pediatric Dentists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually $177K.

What is some of the training and education that they have to go through ?

A bachelor's degree that includes some pre-dental study and a DDS or DMD degree from a 4-year dental school. According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentists, dental school graduates must receive an additional 2-3 years of education in order to practice pediatric dentistry. Pediatric dentists will also generally be required by their state to obtain a license to practice dentistry and may wish to gain additional certification from professional organizations such as the American Dental Association or the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

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