Construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance.

Median Annual Wage: $100,280

Education: Post-doctoral training (66%); Doctoral degree (18%); Professional degree (12%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS); Prosthodontist; Maxillofacial Prosthodontist; Removable Prosthodontist; Prosthetic Dentist; Prosthodontist/Restorative/Reconstructive Dentist; Doctor of Dental Science, Prosthodontist; Prosthodontist, Assistant Clinical Professor; Prosthodontist/Educator; Prosthodontist/Owner

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Prosthodontists.

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  • 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.
  • Restore function and aesthetics to traumatic injury victims, or to individuals with diseases or birth defects.
  • 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.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Prosthodontists.

  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Prosthodontists.

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