Top 4 Dental Specialty Careers To Consider

Updated on November 15, 2022
Top 4 Dental Specialty Careers To Consider

You can pursue many specialized areas of dentistry if regular dentistry is too general for you. Here are some of the top dental specialties to consider.


Orthodontists work with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of malocclusion, or bad bites. They will adjust any skeletal abnormalities, such as the jaw closing in a nonideal way, with devices such as headgear. They will also adjust tooth position with braces.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Oral surgeons operate on the face, mouth, and jaw regions. Their work includes the surgical treatment of diseases and injuries for both functional and aesthetic reasons. This may include patients with tumors, cysts, or masses in the mouth or jaw.

Forensic Odontologist

Forensic odontologists are highly trained dentists who use their experience to identify unknown human remains. They work closely with police investigators and medical examiners.

Their work includes estimating the age of skeletal remains, identifying bodies in mass fatalities, and analyzing remains that are too decomposed or damaged to be identified by other methods, such as fingerprints or facial recognition.

These specialists do this by taking dental impressions, X-rays, and cranial measurements to hopefully find a match with the dental records of missing persons.


Prosthodontists create oral prosthetics. Their work includes repairing damaged teeth with various methods, such as crowns, and replacing missing ones. They also create dentures for patients who need them. Their work includes the diagnosis and treatment of missing or deficient teeth.

If you’re interested in joining this specialized field, consider enrolling in Simply Implants Institute’s dynamic and unique curriculum, where you’ll learn the field with help from experienced professionals and practice on actual patients.

These are just a few specialized careers available in the dental field. No matter which dental specialty career you’re considering, you’ll be able to use your dental experience in a way that is meaningful to you.