I am a pre-dental student. I know it is bad to ask about how much money I will make. But I am really very curious. My sister (who is a lot older than me) is already a dentist and has been practicing for a few years. We are not close so I am not comfortable asking her details about her earnings but it looks like she makes a decent wage (150,000-175,000 general private practice, 5 yrs in AZ). It's just that I thought I would make a lot more than that. Is this value correct? Is it dependent on the region? What is the range that it can fall between? I am finding this discouraging because of the huge loan I plan to take. The other forums haven't discussed real numbers. I want to know what I can expect to earn in private practice and how much will it increase with time. Thanks!