What does a Lead Dentist do?

A dentist is a physician that works diagnosing and treating problems concerning patient's teeth and gums. They provide regular checkups and cleanings in addition to more detailed procedures like root canals or installing braces. A dentist is located in a dental medical facility and is usually an independent practice or small to medium business. They also complete x-rays in the office as well as evaluations for more extensive orthodontic procedures.

Each state requires dentists to be licensed and hold a degree from an accredited dental school. In addition, dentists are required to complete a residency program and work in their area of specialty before becoming fully licensed. Individuals who are interested in oral care, promoting healthy living and enjoy working closely with patients will likely excel as a dentist.

What responsibilities are common for Lead Dentist jobs?
  • Provide general dental care by cleaning teeth and filling cavities
  • Repair and remove problematic or chipped teeth
  • Correct teeth alignment or placement by installing braces
  • Protect teeth by using sealants or using whitening treatments
  • Recommend patients to dental specialists as needed for recommended procedures
  • Instruct patients about best practices in oral health, and recommend the best brushes and toothpaste for their needs
  • Create models of crowns and dentures by taking measurements and making models
  • Review x-ray images captured in the office to determine the health of the teeth and potential areas of concern
What are the typical qualifications for Lead Dentist jobs?
  • Doctoral degree in dental medicine
  • Licensed to practice dentistry in the state of residency required
  • Continuing education courses for new procedures and standards
  • Experience working in accordance with HIPAA and other medical privacy laws
  • Professional and compassionate demeanor when interacting with patients
  • Personal accountability and attention to detail required
  • Ability to multitask and make informed decisions accurately and quickly
  • Experience working in a high-volume dental office and delivering exceptional care
  • Strict adherence to sanitation requirements for tools and procedures
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Work/Life Balance
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Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience5-7 years

How much does a Lead Dentist make?

Confident
$241,053 /yr
Total Pay
$185,370
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$55,683
 /yr

Additional Pay

$241,053

 / yr
$124K$733K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Lead Dentist Career Path

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L3
Locum Tenens Dentist
$211,640/yr
L4
Lead Dentist
$241,053/yr
L4

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
10%
5 - 7
75%
8+
10%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Lead Dentist Insights

Read what Lead Dentist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Portman Dental CarePortman Dental Care
Dentist
Feb 8, 2021

“Excellent back office support meaning I can go to work and do what I do best”

Heartland DentalHeartland Dental
General Dentist
Dec 11, 2020

“I have a salary and benefits and get to do what I want and practice how I want.”

NHSNHS
Dentist
Jun 28, 2020

“Pension good and good work ethos”

Tela Dental Clinic Ajmer
Dental Surgeon
Jun 17, 2021

“Good and friendly environment to work with.”

Bulgaria Dent
General Dentist
Jul 31, 2021

“Career and personal development support is minimal.”

Merry Dental Care CenterMerry Dental Care Center
General Dentist
Jun 15, 2022

“Generous compensation and bonuses.”

Heartland DentalHeartland Dental
Dentist
Mar 12, 2022

“So much training to be the best leader I can be and I am in charge of EVERYTHING clinical.”

Mint DentistryMint Dentistry
General Dentist
Feb 11, 2021

“Good nice best cool excellent”

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