Dentistry has many specialties andsubspecialties. Dentists work with the same parts of the mouth but what youspecialize in depends on the responsibilities you have. Dentists help preventand treat oral diseases of the teeth, jaws, and surrounding tissues. They alsoprovide solutions to help weak, decayed or missing teeth. I chose this jobbecause I plan on pursuing this career in my future and this is a great way forme to learn more information about dentistry and what they do.
Dentists usuallyhave a very flexible schedule and has severely changed over the year (Connor). The workconditions for a dentist are different for all specialties. There are many responsibilitiesa dentist has and depending on the type of dentist you are plays a role in what your responsibilities are. A generaldentist typically diagnose and treat problems with teeth and gums (RosenburgMcKay). They also remove decay from teeth, make models and measurements fordentures, and repair cracked or fractured teeth and remove them (U.S.
Bureau ofLabor Statistics). A couple other types of dentists are Oral and Maxillofacialsurgeons and Orthodontists; Oralsurgeons operate on the mouth to treat diseases and injuries. Orthodontistsapply braces and retainers to children and adults who need their teeth straightenedor who have overbites and or under bites. Many dentists own their own businessor co-own with another dentist (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Most dentistswork 4 to 5 days a week but some may work later during the evening or on weekendsdepending on what their patients need.
The amount of hours a dentist worksvaries among your specialty, according to AllHealthCare, “Most full-timedentists work between 35 and 40 hours a week” unless they are trying toestablish a new practice then they may work more hours. More experienceddentists tend to not work as many hours as a starting dentist would and manydentists even work part-time after the retirement age (AllHealthCare). Dentists use a variety of both manual and powertools. General dentists are trained to use the basics like the dental x-raymachines; these are used to provide images of a patients mouth all at once(Joyner). Mouth mirrors, Dental Syringe, Dental drill, and Dental lasers are afew other types of tools used in this profession. Depending on your specialtyyou could be trained to use anesthetic, burnisher,curette, suction device, and mould (The Portman Team). Dentists wear disposable gloves and masks; some may wear safety gogglesbut that is not common in dentists (U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics). Atypical day in the life of a dentist varies between every specialty butusually, their day starts early in the morning to accommodate their patients schedules and may gointo late evenings, and sometimes dentists may come in on weekends foremergencies. Generally, a dentists’day starts off by examining their files and records briefly before theirpatients arrive.
They then examine their patients then diagnose and considerany treatment if needed, after the patients’visit they will add any notes they seem is necessary (CvTips.com Team). Overtime dentistry has evolved from a primitive form of medicine to modern day useof preventative dental care. Dentistry is one of the oldest medical professionsand over the past several centuries dentistry has seen many improvements(Dental One Associates of Maryland). It has led back all the way to 7000 B.
C.in the Indus Valley Civilization and two thousand years later in 5000 B.C.tooth worms were blamed for the main cause of any and all dental issues.Sumerians believed that the worms buried little holes in the teeth and hid outinside them so you could not see them. The thought that a worm traveled throughyour mouth to cause dental pain lasted until the 1700s when it was provenfalse. Aristotle and Hippocrates wrote about treating teeth decay and havingteeth taken out to help prevent mouth pain.
Although, having teeth pulled fromyour mouth using forceps was also used to treat multiple types of diseasesduring the Middle Ages (Davis). Sincethere were no types of anesthetics that would help block the pain when gettingyour teeth pulled. The American physician William Halsted admitted that he usedcocaine to block the pain sensations in the lower jaw (Wilwerding). It dideverything anesthetics did but make you unconscious. In the 1700s dentistry wasfinally defined as a medical profession andPierre Fauchard, the French Physician; often called “The Father of ModernDentistry”. He was the brains behind many procedures still used today,Fauchard was the first to introduce dental fillings, dental prosthesis, andthat the acids from sugar led to tooth decay (American Dental EducationAssociation) (Davis). Many years later in 1867, the first university-affiliateddental institution was Harvard University Dental School.
In addition to thefirst university being created, Colgate produced the first toothpaste ever in ajar and a few years later the first toothbrush was created by H.N. Wadsworth(Davis).
According to American Dental Education Association “…most Americansdid not adopt good brushing habits until after World War II”. There were notmany sources of equipment to use back thenwhen working on teeth; the first form of a tool created were bow drills,they were used for treating teeth problems and woodworking (Davis). Dentistrynowadays is nothing like how it was inthe past; dentists have multiple different types of tools and equipmentthey use. Dentists help people by trying to prevent them from losing teeth andhaving bad oral hygiene. They also have a lot more responsibilities andeducation they need to go through in order to become one.
Becoming a dentistnowadays requires you to have more skills and personality characteristics thanit did in the past. Dentistsare required to have an excellent knowledge of their occupation and goodinterpersonal skills, meaning they also must have great knowledge and interestin the science of oral health. Dentists are required to have many skills. Goodeyesight is one great skill to have because you are going to have to look attiny problems in a patients mouth.Some other very useful skills to have are good motivational abilities, thickskin and ability to cope with difficult or anxious patients, ability to gain apatients trust and being able to stay calm under pressure. These are all skillsa good dentist should have because they are all very important in having asuccessful career (Fubra). Dentistry is not like many other professions becausedentists focus on their patients care and often have to run their own business.With that being said, dentists should have a diverse set of personality traits that allows them to work both withtheir patients and be a successful manager of their practice.
A successfuldentist often is trustworthy because your patient needs to be able to trust youif you are going to be getting close to their mouth and putting a sharp objectinto it. Dentists are usuallydetail-oriented; meaning if they are not and they do the smallestmisalignment of something it can wreck the havoc on a patients tooth health andbite. Having good communication can really help you in this career because youneed to be able to talk to your patients and be able to tell them what is wrongand how you can fix it.
One of the most important characteristic a dentistshould have is being excited about their profession because if you do not likeyour job then you are not going to want to go to work (American DentalEducation Association). Becominga dentist takes quite a bit of schooling and training. All dental schools requiretheir students to have completed biology and chemistry before entering dentalschool. Usually, students need atleast a bachelor’s degree in order to enter most dental programs but nospecific degree is required. If you want to specialize in some other type ofdentistry you may have to stay in college a year or two longer after you getyour bachelors. Although, if you major in biology it increases your chance ofbeing accepted into a dental program (American Dental Education Association).
Some courses commonly found at a dental school are Dental Development and Anatomy; this introduces students to commonframeworks used in the dental profession, numbering and classification systems.This course provides you with laboratory time and a mix of lectures, typicallytaken in the first year of study. Many students gain multiple skills fromtaking this course, they usually develop an awareness of primary versus permanentdentition and recognizing the difference between maxillary and mandibulararches (Jones). After you take predental courses training is about four yearsin a faculty of dentistry in order to qualify as a doctor of dental surgery ordoctor of dental medicine, both of these degrees are equivalent (Connor).Multiple colleges offer the major needed to become a dentist.
Some of thesecolleges are University of Florida, Ohio State University, Keiser University,and University of Southern California. (Niche Team).According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the future “employmentof dentists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster thanthe average for all professions”. All different specialties have a differentyearly salary, and how well you work and how much business you have can dependon how much you make yearly. A general dentist makes on average about $153,900yearly but some dentists get paid more than the average salary and some makeless.
The best paid dentists earned more than $208,000 and some can get paid aslow as $67,690. Although, Orthodontics and Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons makearound the same average pay a year and they make more than a general dentist.These occupations make on average $208,000 a year, their average pay is thesame as the best paid general dentists (Castro). Many dental offices’ hiringrate is high, many people are becoming dentists faster.Dentistry has changed throughout the years from when itfirst started even when people did not know it was called dentistry. Dentistryis not a complicated profession but you have to go through multiple steps tobecome one and have certain qualities and skills that will make you a more successfuldentistry..
This job is right for me because I believe I have somecharacteristics and skills needed to become a dentist and what I do not havenow I will for sure learn in my near future in order to pursue this career.