Becoming a Dentist

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to become a dentist.
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Why do you want to become a dentist?

I want to become a dentist because I want to be successful in changing a person's life. I will also be able to maintain a good personal and social life outside of work because of the flexibility this career offers.

Does this career go along with your personal interests?

Yes, becoming a dentist goes along with my personal interests.

What education is required?

  1. A bachelors degree is required along with a three-year-pre-dental program.
  2. Take the Dental Acceptance Test (DAC)
  3. Complete a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree (DMD)
  4. Pass national and state licensing exams
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What is the average cost for the entire education required?

1st year: $109,481

2nd year: $108,633

3rd year: $106,848

4th year: $98,013

Total: $422,975

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Colleges, universities, or programs

Salary Range

  • The average annual salary for becoming a dentist in North Carolina is $166,270
  • The average annual salary for becoming a dentist in Tennessee is $257,472
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Employment lookout and opportunities

The average job growth in North Carolina is 1.46% with 150 annual job openings.

The average job growth in Tennessee is 1.6% with 0 annual job openings.

Basic Job Duties

  • Offering advice foods
  • Offering advice on hygiene
  • repairing fractured teeth
  • Filling cavities
  • Extracting teeth
  • Applying sealants
  • Whitening
  • Creating dentures
  • Straightening teeth
  • Writing prescriptions

Interesting Facts

  • Dentist Alfred P. Southwick originated the electrical chair
  • Earn the highest median salary
  • Combines art and science
  • Flexibility to balance professional and personal life
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What surprised you the most about becoming a dentist?

What surprised me the most is how much the schooling costs.
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Would you choose the same career?

Yes, I would choose the same career because it is something I can see myself doing.
Dentist Job Description