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Prosthodontists

Also called: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Maxillofacial Prosthodontist, Prosthodontist, Removable Prosthodontist

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What they do:
Diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, design, and fit prostheses that maintain oral function, health, and appearance for patients with clinical conditions associated with teeth, oral and maxillofacial tissues, or the jaw.
On the job, you would:
  • Measure and take impressions of patients' jaws and teeth to determine the shape and size of dental prostheses, using face bows, dental articulators, recording devices, and other materials.
  • Replace missing teeth and associated oral structures with permanent fixtures, such as implant-supported prostheses, crowns and bridges, or removable fixtures, such as dentures.
  • Design and fabricate dental prostheses, or supervise dental technicians and laboratory bench workers who construct the devices.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

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
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Persistence
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Henry Schein Dentrix Hot Technology
  • Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Image management software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training or
doctoral degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$208,000+
$96,060
$208,000+

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