Career Choice: Pediatric Dentist
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.