Planning A Solid Career In Dentistry
If you’re planning a career in dentistry you’ve chosen a future with a lot of pull in the earnings department. A survey updated on May 2015 reported that a dentist with less than one year experience net $97,000 a year. Senior dentist with more than ten years of experience makes more than $120,000. Fine, but what about tomorrow?
It is a fair question. A lot of dentists have begun to complain that they are being almost completely replaced by new technology, such as water flossers. These teeth cleaning devices have certainly make a breakthrough in the dental marketplace. Available throughout USA, a lot of people have decided to take control of their own teeth cleaning. Many models available at http://dentaldorks.com/best-water-flosser-reviews/ are quite easy to use and yield great results.
Cavities In The Outlook?
Apparently not. I asked the ADA what would happen to the current strong demand for dentists as scientific advances (such as fluoridation, decay-preventing dental paste, and possible future vaccines against tooth decay) produce a dentally healthier population
The Association’s answer: “Generally, since advances will reduce decay and permit people to retain their teeth longer, even for a lifetime, it can be expected they will continue to need care of a different nature, such as orthodontics (malposition of teeth), partial prosthodontics (dentures), endodontics (root canals), etc. . .
A slower rate of decay will mean not only more crowns, bridges and partial dentures but other treatment such as that for periodontal disease (gums). Clearly the dental demand is only expected to increase year after year. As manpower is now projected, dentists will be able to take care of only between one-third and one-fifth of increased demand. Continued expansion of dental educational programs is clearly necessary.
Dentistry is open wide for women. Though most dentist are men, nothing should stop gals from looking into it. Since dentistry is a personal health service, automation has limited application, and self-employed dentists need not retire at 65.
Of over 150,000 active dentists in the U.S. today, most of them are in private practice, while another are salaried (federal and state positions, teachers, administrators and researchers). Less than 20 percent are specialists in dental public health, oral pathology (mouth disease), oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics (children’s dentistry), periodontics, prosthodontics and endodontics.
You must complete a special one-day examination before being admitted to dental school. The test is administered throughout the country three times each year, and measures your ability in reading scientific information, manual dexterity, reasoning with numbers, using and understanding words, visualizing the reconstruction of two and three dimensional patterns, knowledge and ability to solve problems in biology and chemistry.
It takes at least six years beyond high school, and sometimes up to eight years. School requirements differ but all require at least two years of pre-dental college training. Specialization calls for another five years or so in graduate study and practice before certification. Loans and scholarships are available.