Occupation Summary

Dentists, General

O*NET 29-1021.00


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.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 31.69%.
Education Level:
Doctoral Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  1. Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
  2. 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.
  3. Formulate plan of treatment for patient's teeth and mouth tissue.
  4. Advise or instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, or oral health care services.
  5. Design, make, or fit prosthodontic appliances, such as space maintainers, bridges, or dentures, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for denturists or dental technicians.
  6. Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, or malformations of teeth, gums, or related oral structures and provide preventive or corrective services.
  7. Fill pulp chamber and canal with endodontic materials.
  8. Write prescriptions for antibiotics or other medications.
  9. Analyze or evaluate dental needs to determine changes or trends in patterns of dental disease.
  10. Treat exposure of pulp by pulp capping, removal of pulp from pulp chamber, or root canal, using dental instruments.
  11. Eliminate irritating margins of fillings and correct occlusions, using dental instruments.
  12. Perform oral or periodontal surgery on the jaw or mouth.
  13. Remove diseased tissue, using surgical instruments.
  14. Apply fluoride or sealants to teeth.
  15. Bleach, clean, or polish teeth to restore natural color.
  16. Plan, organize, or maintain dental health programs.
  17. Produce or evaluate dental health educational materials.
  18. Use masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect patients and self from infectious diseases.
  19. Use dental air turbines, hand instruments, dental appliances, or surgical implements.
  20. Manage business aspects such as employing or supervising staff or handling paperwork or insurance claims.

National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Dentists, General employed Annual Growth Rate
Offices of dentists 75 1.05
Offices of physicians 2.2 1.30
Outpatient care centers 2.1 3.27

Labor Market Information

2020 Statewide average hourly wage $88.66
2020 National average hourly wage $86.94
2018 National employment 136,900
2018 Texas employment 9,977
Texas projected employment by 2028 13,139
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2028 664

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
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.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Economics and Accounting
Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Active Learning
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Finger Dexterity
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Arm-Hand Steadiness
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
    -- Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
    -- Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
    -- Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
    -- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Other Activities

  • Achievement
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Independence
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.


Air compressors: Air compressors;

Amalgam carriers: Amalgam wells; Amalgam carriers;

Attachments or replacement parts for dental instruments: Surgical handles; Straight attachments; Ball bearing contra angle assemblies; Contra angle sheaths; Prophy contra angle head assemblies;

Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles: Automated external defibrillators AED;

Awls: Awls;

Bands for dental matrix: Copalite bands; Amalgam bands; Dental matrix bands;

Calcium hydroxide placement tools: Dycal instruments;

Chemical or gas sterilizers: Chemical vapor sterilizers;

Composite placement tools: Composite placing instruments;

Cosmetic dentistry curing lights or accessories: Visible light curing units;

Crown or bridge removers: Crown removers; Bridge removers;

Dental absorbent holders: Gauze packers; Towel clamps;

Dental amalgam carvers: Amalgam condensers; Dental amalgam carvers; Interproximal carvers;

Dental amalgamators: Electrically powered dental amalgamators;

Dental bite blocks or wings or tabs: Bite blocks;

Dental burnishers: Dental burnishers;

Dental burs: Dental excavating burs; Surgical burs;

Dental calipers: Metric calipers;

Dental cord packers: Dental cord packing instruments;

Dental dam supplies: Rubber dam clamp forceps; Rubber dam clamps; Rubber dam frames; Rubber dam punches;

Dental depth gauges: Apex locators;

Dental drills or drill bits: Dental drills;

Dental elevators: Cross-bar elevators; Periodontal elevators; Periosteal elevators; Fiberoptic periosteal elevators; Surgical elevators; Straight elevators; Root elevators;

Dental examination chairs or related parts or accessories: Dental chairs;

Dental excavators: Spoon excavators; Enamel hatchets; Endo excavators; Dental excavators;

Dental files or rasps: Bone files; Root canal rasps; Root canal files;

Dental film processors: Automatic film processing systems; Manual film processing systems;

Dental forceps: Rongeur forceps; Straight mosquito forceps; Tissue forceps; Tongue forceps; Bayonet forceps; Biscuspid forceps; Articulating paper forceps; Anterior forceps; Crown splitting forceps; Crown removing pliers; Curved mosquito forceps; Disimpaction forceps; Molar forceps; Pedodontic forceps;

Dental hand pieces or accessories: Periotomes; Dental wire cutters; High-speed dental handpieces; Dental handpieces; Angle dental handpieces; Slow-speed dental handpieces; Straight dental handpieces;

Dental impression trays: Dental impression trays;

Dental instrument sharpening accessories: Sharpening stones;

Dental knives: Plaster knives; Scalpels;

Dental laboratory air abrasion units: Dental air abrasion systems;

Dental laboratory burners or torches: Endodontic micro-torches;

Dental laboratory lathes or accessories: Dental laboratory lathes;

Dental laboratory model trimmers or accessories: Model trimmers;

Dental laboratory plaster traps: Dental laboratory plaster traps;

Dental laboratory vibrators: Plaster vibrators;

Dental lasers: Photo-activated disinfection systems; Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG dental lasers; Dental lasers; Dental carbon dioxide CO2 lasers; Tooth-whitening argon lasers;

Dental mallets: Dental mallets;

Dental margin trimmers: Dental margin trimmers;

Dental material pluggers or tips or accessories: Cement placing instruments; Dental condensers; Plastic filling instruments; Pluggers; Endodontic pluggers; Root canal pluggers;

Dental materials dispensers: Gutta percha dispensers;

Dental matrices or sets: Copalite retainers; Amalgam retainers;

Dental mirrors or mirror handles: Fiberoptic dental mirrors; Mouth mirrors;

Dental mouth props: Dental mouth props;

Dental obturating points: Endodontic obturating cones;

Dental pressure indicating kits: Occlusal force analysis systems;

Dental probes: Periodontal pocket markers; Periodontal probing devices; Fiberoptic diagnostic probes; Furcation probes; Double-end explorers; Double-end periodontal probes; Explorers; Single-end explorers; Single-ended periodontal probes;

Dental prophylaxis kits: Prophylaxis angles; Prophylaxis brushes; Prophylaxis cups;

Dental pulp or vitality testers: Pulp testers;

Dental reamers: Root canal barbed broaches; Root canal enlargers; Root canal reamers; Gates-Glidden drills; Broaches;

Dental retainers: Matrix retainers;

Dental retractors: Dental fiberoptic retractors; Tissue retractors; Tongue retractors;

Dental root tip picks: Crane picks; Root tip picks;

Dental saliva ejectors or oral suction devices or supplies: Saliva ejectors; High-speed evacuators; Oral evacuation equipment;

Dental scalers or accessories: Anterior scalers; Posterior scalers; Sickles; Ultrasonic scaler tips;

Dental scissors: Wire and arch bar scissors; Surgical scissors; Suture scissors; Straight scissors; Crown scissors; Dental scissors;

Dental shades: Tooth color shade guides;

Dental spatulas: Cement spatulas; Metal spatulas; Dental wax spatuals; Spoons;

Dental spreaders: Root canal spreaders; Turvey maxillary expander;

Dental syringe accessory kits: Needle holders; Air/water syringe tips; Dental syringes;

Dental syringes or needles or syringes with needles: Dental aspiration syringes; Bulb irrigators;

Dental tongs: Cotton pliers;

Dental x ray units: Panoramic x ray equipment; Intraoral x ray equipment; Digital radiographic equipment; Extraoral x ray equipment;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Electronic blood pressure units: Blood pressure monitors;

Electronic medical thermometers: Digital medical thermometers;

Electronic stethoscopes or accessories: Pretracheal stethoscopes;

Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment: Dental electrosurgery devices;

Emergency medical services tracheal tube or cricothyrotomy kits: Cricothyrotomy devices;

Eyewashers or eye wash stations: Eyewash stations;

Facial shields: Chin-length plastic face shields;

Floor grade forceps or hemostats: Straight hemostats; Curved hemostats;

Foot switch: Foot controls;

General dental lights or its accessories: Dental operating lights;

Grinding machines: Instrument sharpeners;

Medical exam headlights or headlamps or accessories: Headsets;

Medical imaging dry laser printers or imagers: Intraoral printers;

Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors: Daylight loader film processing systems;

Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes: Dental x ray protective aprons; Thyroid collars; Thyroid shields;

Medical staff isolation or cover gown: Protective gowns;

Medical staff isolation or surgical masks: Masks; Surgical masks;

Notebook computers: Notebook computers;

Orthodontic ligature cartridges: Ligature instruments;

Orthodontic pliers: Porcelain crown pliers; Angled pliers; Wiring pliers;

Orthodontic setter bands: Band setters;

Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies: Nitrous oxide administration equipment;

Patient carbon dioxide detectors: Capnographs;

Periodontal chisels: Dental chisels;

Periodontal curettes: Periodontal curettes;

Periodontal knives: Periodontal knives;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

Pharyngeal airways or airways kits: Laryngeal mask airways LMA;

Pointers: Pointing devices;

Pulse oximeter units: Pulse oximeters;

Safety glasses: Safety glasses;

Scanners: Scanners;

Steam autoclaves or sterilizers: Autoclaves; High heat sterilizers;

Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories: Bone clamps;

Surgical gloves: Surgical gloves;

Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories: Fiberoptic aspirators;

Teeth cleaning devices or accessories: Air/water syringes;

Ultrasonic cleaning equipment: Ultrasonic cleaners;

Videoscopes: Intraoral camera systems; Intraoral microscope systems;


Accounting software: Accounting software;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Medical software: Windent OMS; Windent SQL; MOGO Dental Software MOGO; OCS Office-Partner; Open Dental; Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft; PEB XLDent; Practice management software PMS; ABELSoft ABELDent; Teleo Practice Services The Complete Practitioner; ToothPics; Voice-activated perio charting software; ACE Dental; AlphaDent; AltaPoint Data Systems AltaPoint Dental; Data Team DDS; Dental charting software; Dental clinical records software; Dental digital radiology software; Dental imaging software; Dental intra-oral imaging software; DentiMax; DSN Software Dental-Exec; DSN Software Oral Surgery-Exec; DSN Software Perio-Exec; EZ 2000; Genesis Dental; Henry Schein DentalVision Professional; Henry Schein Dentrix; Henry Schein Easy Dental; Henry Schein EndoVision; Henry Schein PerioVision; Kodak Dental Systems Kodak PRACTICEWORKS Practice management software PMS; Kodak Dental Systems Kodak SOFTDENT Practice management software PMS; MDC Services DentalMate;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office;

Spreadsheet software: Spreadsheet software; Microsoft Excel;

Word processing software: Word processing software;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Dentists, General include:
  • 29-1211.00 Anesthesiologists
  • 19-1042.00 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
  • 29-1151.00 Nurse Anesthetists
  • 29-1022.00 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • 29-1023.00 Orthodontists
  • 29-1051.00 Pharmacists
  • 29-1024.00 Prosthodontists

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** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.