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Dental Specialists

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Xyy22, Jul 13, 2001.

  1. Xyy22

    Xyy22 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 28, 2001
    I was wondering what are the highest payed

    specialists and what are the most demanding

    specialties??? I would like info regarding

    Ortho, Oral Surgery, Endo, and Perio. :D
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  3. Dr. Pedo

    Dr. Pedo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2001
    Well if you are solely looking for money, don't enter the dental, medical or any health care profession. It simply makes no sense to spend $130,000+ in education, waste 6-8 yrs (which is what the specialities take) of earning potential, and then take 4-5 yrs to build an income of $150,000+. Not a wise business decision. But if you are like me money is secondary to doing what you love. So here is the run-down of specialties:

    Obviously you know you'll have to be at least in the top 5-10%, if not the top 5 of your class----with incredible board scores, with good research, and wonderful recommendation to specialize. Make no quams about it-----specializing is a challenge.

    The most demanding is Oral Surgery (OMS) the hours stink and the road is LONG. An additional 4 yrs. after dental school. Expect to be on call----and basically live, sleep, and eat surgery. 2 of my friends are OMS and they work anywhere from 45-80 hrs. a week. They are also on call for trauma emerg. at the local hospital. Right now the next most difficult match is Ortho. It is 3 yrs. of training after dental school and is a lucrative field. You normally work avg. hours----but you must like complex and detailed work. Biomechanics is a huge part of Ortho. In the past you had to be in the top 5-8 of your class with great board scores to qualify. Obviously there are exceptions to every rule. Just don't rely on exceptions! The avg. income is between $200,000-600,000 which is similar to OMS. The next specialties are close as far as difficulty in matching. I think right now Endo, Perio are close to being as competitive as OMS, if not more. The money is good for both of them-----I personally know a Perio in Iowa that makes over $350,000.

    So you have to be academically suited, as well as, extremely motivated to continue your schooling----with or without a stripend. Meaning you will take on more debt! I hope I was helpful. Good luck!

  4. animal666

    animal666 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    actually the hardest specialties to get into DIRECTLY after graduating ae as follows:

    1. orthodontics (by far the hardest to get into)
    2. oms (getting easier to get into every year)
    3. endo (most programs require 1 year of gpr)
    4. perio (not part of the match process)

    oms is getting easier and easier to get into every year, as alot of students are figuring out, the time and committement is not worth it unelss you are really enthusiastic about it.

    about money, the list is as follows:

    1. ortho
    2. endo
    3. oms/perio

    to get into a specailty, you need to have above average grades (not necessarily top 10 in the class). BUT excellent board scores is a prereq. doing a GPR does help after graduation, and scores and grades are not as important. research is okay, but not needed from what i have seen. good recomendations are also a prereq.
  5. Dr. Pedo

    Dr. Pedo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2001
    i stand corrected-----After re-reading my original post----I wasn't very clear.

    Animal is correct in difficulty of specialty.
    I ment to say OMS is the most demanding field---not most demanding to match.

    Ortho>OMS>Endo>Perio. Although many claim in my dental school----that Endo is fast becoming extremely selective.

  6. Ford67

    Ford67 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    New York
    I dont know muck about how demanding each is but in terms of pay its

    1.Endo/Perio(u can make some serious cash)

    2.Ortho(can also make alot but u need a large patient base)

    3.OMS(not as lucrative as the others but still pays good)

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