Dental Specialties

There are many specialty programs available once you become a dentist.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes nine different dental specialties and they are listed below along with salary information for each of these specialties. I will give a brief overview of the description of each specialty. Click on the specialty below to see a more detailed description of each specialty.

Specialty Salary
Public Health Dentist (2) $125,000
Endodontist (1) $366,340
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1) $125,000
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology(2) $205,000
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery(1) $516,250
Orthodontist(1) $290,200
Pediatric Dentist(1) $346,070
Periodontist(1) $279,540
Prosthodontist(2) $280,000
General Dentist(1) $375,000

1: The numbers were calculated using data from the American Dental Association (ADA) called “The 2009 Survey of Dental Private Practice Income from the Private Practice of Dentistry” . The salary data represents the MEAN NET INCOME of private practice dentists.

2:These numbers were calculated by searching job posting websites (, etc) and finding the going rate for each of these specialties.

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