Dentists, General ·  Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care. Excludes "Prosthodontists" (29-1024), "Orthodontists" (29-1023), "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons" (29-1022) and "Dentists, All Other Specialists" (29-1029).



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Licensing Information ·   Dentist

Licensing Description:
All applicants shall be a graduate of and hold a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree or a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from an accredited dental school as defined in section 332.011, RSMo, complete and pass national board exams, and complete and pass the state dental examination. Contact licensing board for additional information.

Licensing Agency:
Division Of Professional Registration
Missouri State Dental Board
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1367
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1367
dental@pr.mo.gov
http://pr.mo.gov/dental.asp

Licensing History:  

RegionNumber of active licenses in 2012
Missouri3,362
The St. Louis Region988

· Dental Specialist

Licensing Description:
An applicant shall be a currently licensed dentist in Missouri, a current diplomat of an American specialty board recognized by the ADA or a graduate of an accredited specialty training program. Applicant shall supply complete application and fee and verifications.

Licensing Agency:
Division Of Professional Registration
Missouri State Dental Board
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1367
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1367
dental@pr.mo.gov
http://pr.mo.gov/dental.asp

Licensing History:  

RegionNumber of active licenses in 2012
Missouri692
The St. Louis Region251


Occupational Tasks ·  Use masks, gloves and safety glasses to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases.
· Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
· Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, and other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments.
· Formulate plan of treatment for patient's teeth and mouth tissue.
· Use air turbine and hand instruments, dental appliances and surgical implements.
· Advise and instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, and oral health care services.
· Design, make, and fit prosthodontic appliances such as space maintainers, bridges, and dentures, or write fabrication instructions or prescriptions for denturists and dental technicians.
· Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth, gums and related oral structures, and provide preventive and corrective services.
· Fill pulp chamber and canal with endodontic materials.
· Write prescriptions for antibiotics and other medications.
· Analyze and evaluate dental needs to determine changes and trends in patterns of dental disease.
· Treat exposure of pulp by pulp capping, removal of pulp from pulp chamber, or root canal, using dental instruments.
· Eliminate irritating margins of fillings and correct occlusions, using dental instruments.
· Perform oral and periodontal surgery on the jaw or mouth.
· Remove diseased tissue using surgical instruments.
· Apply fluoride and sealants to teeth.
· Manage business, employing and supervising staff and handling paperwork and insurance claims.
· Bleach, clean or polish teeth to restore natural color.
· Plan, organize, and maintain dental health programs.
· Produce and evaluate dental health educational materials.


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Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Science 87%
·  Complex Problem Solving 85%
·  Critical Thinking 85%
·  Active Listening 85%
·  Reading Comprehension 84%
·  Time Management 81%
·  Judgment and Decision Making 81%
·  Equipment Selection 81%
·  Instructing 80%
·  Active Learning 79%