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SOC Code: 29-1024.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Doctor of Dental Science, Prosthodontist; Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS); Maxillofacial Prosthodontist; Prosthetic Dentist; Prosthodontist; Prosthodontist, Assistant Clinical Professor; Prosthodontist/Educator; Prosthodontist/Owner; Prosthodontist/Restorative/Reconstructive Dentist; Removable Prosthodontist


  • Measure and take impressions of patients' jaws and teeth to determine the shape and size of dental prostheses, using face bows, dental articulators, recording devices, and other materials.
  • 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.

Technology Skills

  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Image management software
  • Medical software - Henry Schein Dentrix; Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft; Planet DDS Denticon; Practice-Web Dental (see all 12 examples)

Tools Used

  • Crown or bridge removers - Crown grippers; Crown removal pliers; Crown spreaders
  • Dental anesthesia sets or accessories - Anesthetic injectors
  • Dental articulators or accessories - Adjustable articulators; Dental articulators; Face bows; Non-adjustable articulators
  • Dental burs - Dental bur attachments
  • Dental cutting or separating discs - Rotary cutting instruments
  • Dental dehydrators - Air injectors
  • Dental elevators - Periosteal elevators
  • Dental finishing or polishing discs - Rotary abrasive instruments
  • Dental forceps - Articulating paper forceps; Titanium forceps
  • Dental formers - Sprue formers
  • Dental gages or accessories - Boley gauges; Bracket positioning gauges; Dental caliper gauges; Willis gauges (see all 6 examples)
  • Dental hand pieces or accessories - High-speed handpieces; Low-speed handpieces
  • Dental impression material syringes or accessories - Dental impression guns
  • Dental impression trays - Crown and bridge trays; Edentulous impression trays; Partial impression trays
  • Dental knives - Plaster knives
  • Dental laboratory burners or torches - Dental laboratory alcohol torches
  • Dental laboratory model trimmers or accessories - Dental laboratory die saws
  • Dental laboratory vacuum units or supplies - Stone vacuum mixers
  • Dental marking devices - Gothic arch tracers; Needle point tracers; Pantographic tracing instruments
  • Dental mirrors or mirror handles - Mouth mirrors
  • Dental mouth props
  • Dental placement instruments - Abutment drivers; Implant ratchets
  • Dental probes - Dental explorers
  • Dental scissors - Distal end cutters; Wire cutting scissors
  • Dental shades - Shade guides
  • Dental spatulas - Cement spatulas; Dental laboratory spatulas
  • Dental wax carvers - Dental wax knives; Modeling carvers
  • Dental x ray units - Digital dental x ray units; Panoramic dental x ray units
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Gas burners - Bunsen burners
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks - Surgical masks
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Orthodontic pliers - Bird beak pliers; Ligature tying pliers; Placing pliers; Serrated pliers (see all 9 examples)
  • Orthodontic setter bands - Band pushers
  • Scanners - Dental scanners
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories - Surgical dental microscopes
  • Surgical needle holders for general use - Surgical needle holders
  • Suture removers - Suture scissors
  • Teeth cleaning devices or accessories - Water injectors
  • Videoscopes - Intraoral still cameras
  • Water baths - Dental impression compound water baths


  • 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.
  • Psychology - 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.
  • Chemistry - 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.


  • Interest code: IR
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 100% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 97% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 91% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 91% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 85% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 75% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 71% responded “Very important results.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 73% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Telephone - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 80% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 81% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 68% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 60% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 61% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 52% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Letters and Memos - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 45% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Time Pressure - 53% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 38% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 53% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Consequence of Error - 43% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 51% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 54% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 32% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 37% responded “Never.”
  • Exposed to Radiation - 37% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 47% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
66%Post-doctoral training
18%Doctoral degree
12%Professional degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • 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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $89.02 hourly, $185,150 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 1,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Much faster than average (15% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)

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