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Sample dentist job description

At [Organization X], we’re seeking an energetic and knowledgeable dentist who can join our growing team and provide a range of patient services. The dentist will meet with patients to assess their oral health, perform scheduled cleanings, handle complex procedures such as root canals, and work with a team of dental hygienists and assistants to provide patients with high-quality services. Patient satisfaction is our top priority, so we’re looking for someone who is passionate about making dental care as comfortable and positive as possible.

Objectives of this role

  • Create a safe and healthy environment for patients and staff
  • Diagnose and provide appropriate dental treatment, including regular cleaning, root canals, surgical extractions, implants, and cosmetic dentistry
  • Educate patients on proper oral care and treatment
  • Maintain accurate and secure dental patient electronic records
  • Represent the practice in a professional, pleasant, and cooperative manner


  • Evaluate patients and provide appropriate attention and treatment for both routine dental care and problems
  • Effectively communicate with patients to build a strong foundation of trust
  • Refer patients for surgical or orthodontic work
  • Perform training and staff recruitment
  • Manage team of hygienists, dental assistants, and administrative staff

Required skills and qualifications

  • Doctor of dental medicine (DMD) or doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree
  • Current dental licensure and good standing with relevant board or administrator 
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with dental hygienists and assistants

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Previous experience in a dental practice
  • Training in a dental specialty