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Prosthodontists

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Fit prostheses to patients, making any necessary adjustments and modifications.
    • Collaborate with general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.
    • Repair, reline, or rebase dentures.
    • Place veneers onto teeth to conceal defects.
    • Use bonding technology on the surface of the teeth to change tooth shape or to close gaps.
    • Treat facial pain and jaw joint problems.
    • Bleach discolored teeth to brighten and whiten them.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 208,000+/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 100+/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

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    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Investigative: 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

    Tools

    • Orthodontic pliers
    • Dental impression trays
    • Dental gages or accessories
    • Dental articulators or accessories
    • Crown or bridge removers

    Technology

    • Medical software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
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