Dentists

(NOC 3113)

in All Health

Dentists examine, assess, diagnose, prevent, and treat disorders of the teeth and tissues of the mouth. They work in private practice or may be employed in hospitals, clinics, public health facilities or universities.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 50 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 450. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Dentists most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

The median employment income for 43% of Dentists who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $109,666. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$16,695

Minimum

$92,474

Median

$182,150

Maximum

Compared to: All Health

Hourly Pay

$16.38

Minimum

$25.50

Median

$41.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Dentists examine, assess, diagnose, prevent, and treat disorders of the teeth and tissues of the mouth. They work in private practice or may be employed in hospitals, clinics, public health facilities or universities.

Job duties

Dentists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine patients' teeth, gums and surrounding tissue to diagnose disease, injury and decay and plan appropriate treatment.
  • Restore, extract and replace diseased and decayed teeth.
  • Perform oral surgery, periodontal surgery and other treatments.
  • Clean teeth and instruct patients on oral hygiene.
  • Design bridgework, fit dentures and provide appliances to correct abnormal positioning of the teeth and jaws, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for use by denturists and dental technicians.
  • Supervise dental hygienists, dental assistants and other staff. // Dentists may specialize in such areas as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, oral radiology or public health dentistry.

Sample job titles

  • dental specialist
  • dentist
  • oral and dental surgeon
  • oral and maxillofacial surgeon
  • oral medicine specialist
  • oral pathologist
  • oral radiologist
  • oral surgeon
  • orthodontist
  • periodontist

Skills

To work in this field, you should be able to work carefully with your hands and have an aptitude for precise and accurate work. You should be able to work with mirror images. A reassuring manner is needed to help patients feel relaxed. You must be comfortable working with instruments and apparatus. Basic skills in operating a business are important. Artistic ability may also be helpful. You must be willing to continually update your knowledge and skills.

Job requirements

  • One to four years of pre-dentistry university studies and a university degree from a recognized dental program are required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial regulatory body is required.
  • Dentists in general practice can move into a specialized practice through advanced training.
  • Licensing for specializations is required.

Other considerations

Most dentists are self-employed and operate their own practices. Certification by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada entitles dentists or graduates of approved dental programs to practice dentistry in any province in Canada provided requirements set out by the provincial and territorial licensing authorities are met.

By the numbers

Quick look

540

employed in 2016

88.8%

employed full-time

67.6%

self employed

37.4%
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62.6%
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50

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

77.1%

employed full-time

10.2%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

67.8%

Halifax

12.2%

Northern

10.4%

Cape Breton

5.2%

Annapolis Valley

5.2%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

95.4%

Health Care and Social Assistance

2.8%

Educational Services

1.8%

Public Administration

What is the age of Employment?

30.2%

35-44

25.6%

45-54

18.6%

25-34

14.0%

55-64

9.3%

65+

Compared to: All Health

31.4%

45-54

27.6%

35-44

20.5%

55-64

15.2%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

85.7%

Master's degree

$88,481 median annual income
11.0%

Doctorate

$78,497 median annual income
2.2%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$80,760 median annual income

Compared to: All Health

39.4%

College certificate or diploma

$36,693 median annual income
27.6%

Bachelor's degree

$57,186 median annual income
7.2%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$83,000 median annual income
6.9%

High school

$24,119 median annual income
5.1%

Master's degree

$87,808 median annual income

Education & training

Dentistry (DDS, DMD)

This program is typically offered by a university school of medicine.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of dentistry/dental medicine, encompassing the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area, and adjacent structures and their impact on the human body and health. These programs include courses in the basic biomedical sciences; occlusion; dental health and prevention; oral pathology; cariology; operative dentistry; oral radiology; principles of the various dental specialties; pain management; oral medicine; clinic and health care management; patient counselling; and professional standards and ethics.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Oral/maxillofacial surgery (Cert., MSc, PhD)

This program is typically offered at the university graduate level (Masters, PhD)

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the advanced study of the diagnosis and intrusive and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects of the oral and maxillofacial regions, including functional and aesthetic aspects. These programs include courses in pharmacology, analgesia, anesthesia, anxiety control, surgical procedures and techniques, surgical instrumentation, exodontia, oral diseases and malfunctions, soft and hard tissue pathology, dentoalveolar surgery, infection management, and prosthetic implantation.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Periodontics/periodontology (Cert., MSc, PhD)

This program is typically offered at the university graduate level (Masters, PhD)

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the advanced study of the etiology and treatment of diseases of the gingivae (gum tissue) and supporting bone, nerve, and vascular structures. These programs include courses in periodontium pathology, diagnostic procedures and equipment, occlusion, nutritional aspects of periodontology, surgical treatments, and patient care and management.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Prosthodontics/prosthodontology (Cert., MSc, PhD)

This program is typically offered at the university graduate level (Masters, PhD)

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the advanced study of the restoration and maintenance of teeth, oral function, and aesthetic form through the use of single or compound materials, structures, and artificial devices. These programs include courses in implant dentistry, surgical procedures, denture design and fabrication, fixed and removable prosthodontics, restorative techniques, occlusion therapy and devices, geriatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Dental Specialist

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia
1559 Brunswick Street, Suite 102
Halifax, NS B3J 2G1
(902) 420-0083
(902) 492-0301
Dentist

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia
1559 Brunswick Street, Suite 102
Halifax, NS B3J 2G1
(902) 420-0083
(902) 492-0301

Contacts

Nova Scotia Dental Association
Suite 101, 1559 Brunswick Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2G1
Tel: (902) 420-0088
Fax: (902) 423-6537
Canadian Dental Association
1815 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6
Tel: (613) 523-1770
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.