Military Periodontists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. They are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments and can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. Periodontists are responsible for the dental health of service members and their families.

Work Environment

Periodontists work in hospitals and dental clinics on land and aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Periodontists in the Military

536

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Salary

Average Salary

$92,685

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Doctoral degree 81%
  • Some college 7%
  • Master's degree 5%
  • Associate's degree 5%
  • High school 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Periodontists have a doctorate degree in dental medicine or dental surgery. Periodontists who participate in military-sponsored residency programs receive renowned education. All dentists in the Military gain exposure to nearly every major facet of dentistry in a wide range of healthcare environments. Like other healthcare officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, the military health system, and leadership development. Preventive dentistryDental office proceduresRadiology (X-ray) techniquesDental hygiene procedures

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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