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Dentists, General

Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Use masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect patients and self from infectious diseases.
    • Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, or other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments.
    • Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
    • Use dental air turbines, hand instruments, dental appliances, or surgical implements.
    • Formulate plan of treatment for patient's teeth and mouth tissue.
    • Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, or malformations of teeth, gums, or related oral structures and provide preventive or corrective services.
    • Write prescriptions for antibiotics or other medications.
    • Design, make, or fit prosthodontic appliances, such as space maintainers, bridges, or dentures, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for denturists or dental technicians.
    • Advise or instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, or oral health care services.
    • Fill pulp chamber and canal with endodontic materials.
    • Treat exposure of pulp by pulp capping, removal of pulp from pulp chamber, or root canal, using dental instruments.
    • Remove diseased tissue, using surgical instruments.
    • Manage business aspects such as employing or supervising staff or handling paperwork or insurance claims.
    • Analyze or evaluate dental needs to determine changes or trends in patterns of dental disease.
    • Apply fluoride or sealants to teeth.
    • Eliminate irritating margins of fillings and correct occlusions, using dental instruments.
    • Perform oral or periodontal surgery on the jaw or mouth.
    • Plan, organize, or maintain dental health programs.
    • Bleach, clean, or polish teeth to restore natural color.
    • Produce or evaluate dental health educational materials.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    Knowledge

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 182060/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 87.53/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,990
    • Yearly Projected Openings 120

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Dental probes
    • Dental material pluggers or tips or accessories
    • Dental hand pieces or accessories
    • Dental forceps
    • Dental elevators

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software
    • Accounting software

    Tags

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