SOC: 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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
800 employed

Projected (2024):
1,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Doctor of Dental Science, Prosthodontist
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics Dentist
  • Maxillofacial Prosthodontist
  • Prosthetic Dentist
  • Prosthodontist
  • Prosthodontist, Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Prosthodontist/Educator
  • Prosthodontist/Owner
  • Prosthodontist/Restorative/Reconstructive Dentist
  • Reconstructive Dentist
  • Removable Prosthodontist

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Fit prostheses to patients, making any necessary adjustments and modifications.
  • Design and fabricate dental prostheses, or supervise dental technicians and laboratory bench workers who construct the devices.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.
  • Repair, reline, or rebase dentures.
  • Restore function and aesthetics to traumatic injury victims, or to individuals with diseases or birth 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.
  • Place veneers onto teeth to conceal defects.
  • Bleach discolored teeth to brighten and whiten them.
  • Replace missing teeth and associated oral structures with permanent fixtures, such as implant-supported prostheses, crowns and bridges, or removable fixtures, such as dentures.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Abutment drivers
  • Adjustable articulators
  • Air injectors
  • Anesthetic injectors
  • Articulating paper forceps
  • Band pushers
  • Bending pliers
  • Bird beak pliers
  • Boley gauges
  • Bracket positioning gauges
  • Bunsen burners
  • Cement spatulas
  • Crown and bridge trays
  • Crown grippers
  • Crown removal pliers
  • Crown spreaders
  • Dental articulators
  • Dental bur attachments
  • Dental caliper gauges
  • Dental explorers
  • Dental impression compound water baths
  • Dental impression guns
  • Dental laboratory alcohol torches
  • Dental laboratory die saws
  • Dental laboratory spatulas
  • Dental mouth props
  • Dental scanners
  • Dental thickness gauges
  • Dental wax carvers
  • Dental wax knives
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital dental x ray units
  • Distal end cutters
  • Edentulous impression trays
  • Face bows
  • Forming pliers
  • Fox planes
  • Gothic arch tracers
  • High-speed handpieces
  • Implant ratchets
  • Intraoral still cameras
  • Laptop computers
  • Ligature tying pliers
  • Low-speed handpieces
  • Modeling carvers
  • Mosquito pliers
  • Mouth mirrors
  • Needle point tracers
  • Non-adjustable articulators
  • Orthodontic wire bending pliers
  • Panoramic dental x ray units
  • Pantographic tracing instruments
  • Partial impression trays
  • Periosteal elevators
  • Placing pliers
  • Plaster knives
  • Rotary abrasive instruments
  • Rotary cutting instruments
  • Safety goggles
  • Serrated pliers
  • Shade guides
  • Sprue formers
  • Stone vacuum mixers
  • Surgical dental microscopes
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical masks
  • Surgical needle holders
  • Suture scissors
  • Titanium forceps
  • Water injectors
  • Weingart utility pliers
  • Willis gauges
  • Wire cutting scissors
  • Consult-PRO
  • Henry Schein DentalVision Professional
  • Henry Schein Dentrix software
  • Henry Schein Easy Dental
  • Image management software
  • Kea Software impDAT
  • Kodak Dental Systems Kodak PRACTICEWORKS Practice management software PMS
  • Materialise Dental SimPLANT
  • Materialise Dental SurgiGuide
  • Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft
  • Perio charting software
  • Planet DDS Denticon
  • Practice-Web Dental

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800