At a glance:
Dental team areas of expertise
Interested in a career in oral health? Explore four of the primary roles and find next steps for learning more about education and employment.
The dentist is the head of the dental team — responsible and accountable for everything that goes on in the dental office.
Skills and education:
Dental specialists obtain additional post-doctoral education in one of 10 areas:
Dental programs and resources:
The role of a dental assistant ranges from providing office support, to providing basic supportive dental procedures, to working chairside to assist dentists in providing advanced restorative care.
License and permit categories:
Dental assistant resources
Dental hygienists work with dentists to provide comprehensive dental care to patients. Primary role:
Dental hygienist resources
A dental laboratory technician rarely works directly with patients, but receives instruction from dentists for making dental prostheses, which are replacements for natural teeth.
Laboratory technician resources