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Careers in Dentistry

A dental education opens up a world of professional opportunities. In addition to private practice, today's dental school graduates can choose to work in hospital emergency rooms, conduct advanced laboratory research, teach future dentists or even travel the world with international health and relief organizations.

Follow the ADA News series, Becoming a Dentist, and read exciting stories about three of today's dental students. If you are looking for a rewarding career in health care with a competitive salary and a sustainable work-life balance, dentistry may be for you.


Dental Team Careers


Dental Hygienists use their knowledge and clinical skills to provide dental hygiene care for patients.

Dental Laboratory Technicians work with a variety of materials, as well as sophisticated instruments and equipment, to create dental prostheses.

Dental Assistants may perform many tasks including taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays), sterilizing instruments and equipment and taking impressions of patients' teeth.
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