Dentists, General :

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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $162,390.00
Average Time to Fill 43 days
Typical Education Doctoral or professional degree
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 1,241
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 18.89 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Customer Service
Work Ethic
Oral Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Perform medical surgery
Perform minor surgery
Conduct noninvasive medical diagnostic assessments
Treat dental problems or diseases
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Administer blood or other fluids intravenously
Identify patient's current and past drug history
Perform dental hygiene procedures
Solve clinical problems
Treat medical condition of patient
Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Conduct invasive medical diagnostic assessments
Conduct dental x-rays
Administer anesthetics or sedatives
Develop medical treatment plans
Implement nutritional practices and techniques
Perform emergency medical procedures
Adjust medical supportive or assistive devices such as prostheses

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze dental data
Interpret x-ray images
Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals
Interpret medical laboratory test results
Calculate medicine dosages
Examine patients
Perform dental examinations of mouth, teeth, gums, or related facial structures
Conduct patient assessments
Perform dental research

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Prescribe medication
Diagnose oral diseases or injuries
Employ radiation safety procedures
Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures
Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment
Diagnose dental conditions
Recommend medical devices, drugs, or treatments
Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests
Implement sanitation practices in health care settings

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Oral Conditions
Oral Surgery
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Dental Hygiene
Informed Consent
Local Anesthetics
Oral Health Care

Related Licensing Requirements

CSR-Dentist (18-0000000114)

IC 35-48-7-5.8 Sec. 5.8. As used in this chapter, "practitioner" means a physician, dentist, veterinarian, podiatrist, nurse practitioner, scientific investigator, pharmacist, hospital, or other institution or individual licensed, registered, or otherwise permitted to distribute, dispense, conduct research with respect to, or administer a controlled substance in the course of professional practice or research in the United States. As added by P.L.65-2006, SEC.6.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana State Board of Dentistry (3172342054)

Dentist (18-0000000033)

To be eligible for state licensure exams, the candidate must: Be a graduate of an accredited school in dentistry. Have completed the National Board Dental Examination. Provide an official transcript of dental education. Present a copy of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation card. Present proof of malpractice insurance. State law also requires that dentists hold a permit to administer general anesthesia, deep sedation, or light parenteral conscious sedation. More extensive information, including applications and test dates, may be obtained directly from the Indiana State Board of Dentistry.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana State Board of Dentistry (3172342054)

Dental Intern Permit (18-0000000118)

IC 25-14-1-5 Dental intern permit or dental hygienist intern permit; restrictions; renewal; fees Sec. 5. (a) The board may at its discretion issue a dental intern permit or dental hygienist intern permit to any person to whom it has not issued a license but who is a graduate of a dental college or school of dental hygiene recognized by the board and is otherwise qualified to take the regular examination for a license given by the board. However, an applicant for a dental intern permit or dental hygienist intern permit shall furnish the board satisfactory evidence that the applicant has been: (1) appointed to a dental or a dental hygiene internship in a hospital or similar institution operated under the laws of Indiana; or (2) employed as: (A) an instructor in a dental school recognized and approved by the Indiana dental board; or (B) a teacher or operator in a clinic in a public or parochial school, college, or university. (b) The fee for the permit shall be set by the board under section 13 of this chapter. (c) Any person receiving a dental or dental hygienist intern permit may practice dentistry or dental hygiene only in a hospital or other institution designated in the permit and only under the direction of a licensed dentist who is a member of the dental staff of such hospital or other institution. The intern's dental or dental hygiene practice shall be limited to bona fide patients of such hospital or other institution. (d) The permit shall be valid for only one (1) year from date of issue, shall be renewable in the discretion of the board upon the payment of a fee determined by the board under section 13 of this chapter, and may be recalled at any time by the board.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana State Board of Dentistry (3172342054)

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