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Dentists, General - 29-1021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Associate Dentist
  • Dental Surgery Doctor (DDS)
  • Dentist
  • Dentist/Owner
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Family Dentist
  • General Dentist
  • General Dentist/Owner
  • Pediatric Dentist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
  • Advise or instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, or oral health care services.
  • Analyze or evaluate dental needs to determine changes or trends in patterns of dental disease.
  • Apply fluoride or sealants to teeth.
  • Bleach, clean, or polish teeth to restore natural color.
  • Design, make, or fit prosthodontic appliances, such as space maintainers, bridges, or dentures, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for denturists or dental technicians.
  • Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, or malformations of teeth, gums, or related oral structures and provide preventive or corrective services.
  • Eliminate irritating margins of fillings and correct occlusions, using dental instruments.
  • Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, or other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments.
  • Fill pulp chamber and canal with endodontic materials.
  • Formulate plan of treatment for patient's teeth and mouth tissue.
  • Manage business aspects such as employing or supervising staff or handling paperwork or insurance claims.
  • Perform oral or periodontal surgery on the jaw or mouth.
  • Plan, organize, or maintain dental health programs.
  • Produce or evaluate dental health educational materials.
  • Remove diseased tissue, using surgical instruments.
  • Treat exposure of pulp by pulp capping, removal of pulp from pulp chamber, or root canal, using dental instruments.
  • Use dental air turbines, hand instruments, dental appliances, or surgical implements.
  • Use masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect patients and self from infectious diseases.
  • Write prescriptions for antibiotics or other medications.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust prostheses or other assistive devices.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Advise patients on preventive care techniques.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Design medical devices or appliances.
  • Design public or employee health programs.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Diagnose dental conditions.
  • Direct healthcare delivery programs.
  • Examine mouth, teeth, gums, or related facial structures.
  • Fabricate medical devices.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Prepare healthcare training materials.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Comprehensive Dentist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dental Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dental Officer General Practitioner (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Dentist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Advanced Clinical (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Comprehensive (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Dental Materials Science (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, General Clinical (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Hospital Dentistry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMR) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Public Health (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentist, Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dentistry, General (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Endodontist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Endodontist (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Executive Dentist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Dentist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Operative Dentist (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Oral Pathologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orofacial Pain Specialist (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Orthodontist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatric Dentist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatric Dentist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Periodontist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Periodontist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Prosthodontist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Public Health Dentist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Dentist
  • Endodontist
  • Pediatric Dentist
  • Periodontist
  • Public-Health Dentist