General Dentist Salary
|Salary||$77,670 - $204,686|
|Bonus||$98.63 - $50,684|
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|$77,999 - $203,024|
|Hourly Rate||$20.51 - $92.71|
|Bonus||$98.63 - $50,684|
|Total Pay (||$77,999 - $203,024|
Job Description for General Dentist
The position of a general dentist is the mainstay career for the care and maintenance of oral health, as dentists are responsible for seeing patients for healthy check-ups and correcting problems, from mild toothaches to cracked and broken teeth. They are also expected to build relationships with their clientele and establish a wide client-base.Read More...
A doctorate degree in dental medicine, DDS, from an accredited program, a license to practice dental medicine in the state of employment, and registration with the American Dental Association are required for this position. Aspiring dentists often gain experience as assistants to experienced dentists.
Those in this position work either in hospitals or private practice alongside other dentists and possibly with specialized dentists, such as orthodontists, oral maxillofacial surgeons, and others. Their hours may be flexible depending on their scheduling, but are usually traditional office hours. Some may be on-call at home to cover for dental emergencies; these are rare, though they do occur.
General Dentist Tasks
- Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
- Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth, gums and related oral structures, and provide preventive and corrective services.
- Advise and instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, and oral health care services.
- Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, and other diagnostic equipment.
Common Career Paths for General Dentist
While not commonly seen, General Dentists who transition into a Pediatric Dentist position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Pediatric Dentists is $171K per year. General Dentists most frequently become Dentists and Dental Assistants even though median compensation is $13K lower and $103K lower, respectively.
Pay by Experience Level for General Dentist
Pay by Experience for a General Dentist has a positive trend. An entry-level General Dentist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 112 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A General Dentist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced General Dentist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $140,000 based on 47 salaries. A General Dentist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $147,000 based on 67 salaries.
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