Why Dentistry?

Pursuing a career in the dental profession is a great path to take that is highly beneficial & will change your life!  It's diagnostic, technical & surgical enough to be continually interesting. Dentists are trained specifically to diagnose & treat the many diseases that can occur in the oral cavity. They instruct patients on how to care for their teeth & gums. They restore teeth that are damaged by decay, trauma or other reasons, using a wide variety of techniques & materials.  

As a dentist, you have the opportunity to strengthen your patient’s self-confidence, improve their overall health & potentially even save lives.  For example, infections such as cancer can show their first symptoms in the oral cavity. As a result, the dentist often serves as the first line of detection for these life-threatening diseases.

Dentists are artists as well as scientists! To brighten one tooth or realign an entire jaw, dentists must have an artist's aesthetic sense to help their patients look their best. The payoff of a satisfied patient through your hard work is priceless!

There are several topics in the field of dentistry for those who wish to specialize after dental school. The recognized dental specialties include Endodontists, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Orthodontists, Pediatric dentists, Periodontists, Prosthodontists, Oral Pathologists & Dental Radiology. With so many options, why wouldn’t you choose a career path in the dental field? 

For those who prefer to be in control, dentistry allows you to be your own boss! Dentists can balance their personal & professional lives to meet their individual needs & desires. Dentistry provides opportunities in a variety of private & public settings including private practice, teaching, research, public health & administration. It’s all up to you!

An additional incentive for dentistry is the financial stability the profession provides. A dentist’s average income is in the highest 8% of U.S. family income. At the same time, dentists on average work almost a full day less each week than their physician counterparts. These trends are predicted to continue well into the future. Plus, there are more dentists retiring each year than there are new dentists graduating from dental school. The need for dental professionals continues to grow just as our populations continue to increase.  As long as people have mouths, people will need dentists!