Dentist Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Dentist job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

Remember that every job is different. Instead of including all keywords on your resume, identify those that are most relevant to the job you're applying to. Use the free Targeted Resume tool to help with this.

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  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Oral Surgery
  • Endodontics
  • Dentures
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  • Teeth Whitening
  • Veneers
  • Periodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Surgery
  • Invisalign
  • Crowns
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  • Dental Surgery
  • Dental Implants

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Sample Dentist Resume Examples: How To Include These Skills

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Your Name
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE February 2019 - Present
Lead Dentist
Championed the implementation of advanced restorative dentistry techniques, boosting practice efficiency by 40%
Led a team of 5 dentists in providing comprehensive dental care to approximately 3,000 active patients
Introduced painless root canal procedures using modern endodontics approach, increasing patient satisfaction by 35%
Spearheaded proactive cosmetic dentistry services including veneers and Teeth Whitening, promoting an 80% increase in client acquisition
Conducted specialized oral surgery procedures, decreasing postoperative complications by 30%
Dental Care Professionals January 2014 - January 2019
Senior Dentist
Provided skilled support in the placement of dental implants, ensuring a 99% success rate over a span of 5 years
Implemented pediatric dentistry outreach program, growing the child patient base by 60%
Improved patient experience through the introduction of painless dental surgery techniques
Resume Worded June 2010 - December 2013
Associate Dentist
Executed effective prosthodontics techniques, leading to a 70% improvement in full denture adjustment procedures
Demonstrated proficiency in applying Invisalign treatments, aiding in the acquisition of 150 new patients
Resume Worded University June 2010
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Awards: Dean's List 2007-2009, Merit based Scholarship 2009-2010
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2006
Bachelor of Science, Biology
GPA: 3.8/4.0
Active member of the Pre-Dental Association, campus biology clubs
Dental Proficiencies: Restorative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Implants
Software Proficiencies: Dentrix, Easy Dental, RevenueWell, Dexus Imaging, Microsoft Office Suite
Certifications: Local Anesthesia Permit, Dental Board of California; Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Analgesia, Dental Board of California
Professional Associations: American Dental Association, California Dental Association, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Community Service: Regular volunteer for Dental Health Camps, contributed to free dental check-ups and awareness programs, 2011 - present
Your Name
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE March 2017 - Present
Senior Orthodontist
Supervised and mentored team of 3 junior orthodontists, enhancing their skills in orthodontics and dentistry
Integrated a new Crown and bridge practice, resulting in 98% patient retention
Developed personalized aesthetic treatment plans that raised patient base by 40%
Incorporated usage of Invisalign treatment in the practice, improving patient satisfaction by 35%
Created a systematic approach for early detection and intervention in pediatric orthodontics, significantly elevating early-treatment success rates
Invisalign Specialist Clinic July 2012 - February 2017
Implemented robust treatment plans, leading to a 50% increase in successful case outcomes
Introduced advanced, painless orthodontic procedures, resulting in a 30% boost in patient satisfaction
Coordinated with dental surgeons in managing and treating dental and facial irregularities
Resume Worded September 2008 - June 2012
Junior Orthodontist
Developed expertise in administering efficient dental care to patients, resulting in positive feedback from 95% of patients
Assisted in oral surgery procedures, enabling a 20% decrease in operation time
Resume Worded University January 2008
Master of Science - Orthodontics
Elected Student Body Representative for the Department of Orthodontics
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2006
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Graduated with honors
Recipient of the Golden Scaler Award
Orthodontic Techniques: Lingual braces, Ceramic braces, Traditional metal braces, Palatal expanders, Space maintainers, Customized appliances
Orthodontic Tools: Dental mirrors, Probes, Retractors, Drills, Burs, Scalers, Curettes, Forceps, Pliers
Software Proficiency: Dental imaging software (Advanced), Dental Practice Management Software (Intermediate), 3D Modeling Software (Basic)
Certifications: Invisalign Certified Orthodontist, Board Certified in Orthodontics
Volunteering: Provided pro bono dental health and orthodontic care to disadvantaged children through Smile Train Organization
Awards: Received 'Orthodontist of the Year' award from the Association of Orthodontics 2020 for outstanding patient care
Professional Affiliations: Active member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the World Federation of Orthodontists
Continuing Education: Completed 'Advanced Orthodontic Techniques' course at the Resume Worded Institute in 2019
Your Name
Oral Surgeon
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded April 2016 - Present
Chief Oral Surgeon
Revamped pre-surgery screening protocols, leading to a 30% reduction in postoperative complications
Coordinated with a team of dentists to provide integrated dental care, improving patient recovery rate by 50%
Oversaw complex oral surgery procedures adhering to the highest standards, recognized by 98% patient satisfaction rate
Executed more than 500 successful dental implant surgeries, enhancing clinic's reputation and triggering a 60% growth in patient numbers
Introduced a new methodology for treating complex endodontic cases, cutting down treatment duration by 40%
Cosmetic Dental Surgeons August 2009 - March 2016
Oral Surgeon
Performed weekly surgical procedures, significantly improving patient dental health
Leveraged prosthodontics knowledge for the successful completion of 300+ full mouth rehabilitation cases
Collaborated with other healthcare professionals to ensure holistic healthcare for patients June 2005 - July 2009
Associate Oral Surgeon
Assisted in complex oral surgical procedures, effectively reducing operation time by 25%
Improved patient healthcare by developing individualized aesthetic treatment plans
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2005
Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD)
Specialized in Oral Surgery
Resume Worded University May 2001
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Focus on Human Anatomy and Physiology
Surgical Procedures: Dental Implants, Corrective Jaw Surgery, Cleft Palate, Wisdom Teeth Removal, Oral Pathology
Tools and Equipment: X-Ray Machine, Dental Drills, Forceps, Scalpels, Sutures
Software: Dental Imaging Software, Electronic Health Records, Appointment Scheduling Software
Techniques: Sedation Dentistry, Local Anesthesia, General Anesthesia, Sterilization Techniques, Patient Management
Certifications: Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Awards: Outstanding Surgeon of the Year (Resume Worded, 2020)
Professional Development: Consistent participation in Dental Association Conferences
Volunteering: Regular Volunteer at the Community Dental Health Camps
Your Name
Pediatric Dentist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2018 - Present
Senior Pediatric Dentist
Elevated patient return rate by 20% through exceptional pediatric dental care and customer service
Successfully managed a team of 6 dentists, increasing overall efficiency by 35%
Devised and implemented a new sedation dentistry protocol that improved patient comfort by 50%
Conducted detailed clinical research, resulting in improved young patient oral healthcare by 25%
Pioneered a patient education program that decreased cavity occurrence in the practice by 40%
St. John's Hospital April 2015 - December 2017
Pediatric Dentist
Reduced patient procedure time by 15% through optimizing restorative dentistry techniques
Implemented modern teeth whitening methods, leading to a 30% increase in treatment requests
Promoted pediatric public health by conducting weekly community oral hygiene workshops May 2011 - March 2015
Associate Pediatric Dentist
Managed cosmetic dentistry operations, improving patient satisfaction scores by 20%
Contributed to a clinical study on conscious sedation techniques, leading to a 10% rise in practice efficiency
Resume Worded University December 2014
Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry
Awarded the Resume Worded Dental Excellence Scholarship
Resume Worded University May 2009
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Concentration: Pediatric Dentistry
Graduated top 10% of class
Dental Techniques: Digital X-rays, Braces, Fillings, Extractions, Cleanings, Root Canal Therapy
Procedures: Balloon Sinuplasty, Dental Bonding, Dental Bridge, Dental Crown, Gingivectomy, Pulpotomy
Tools: Dental Software (Eaglesoft, Dentrix), Anesthesia Systems, Laser Systems, CAD/CAM Technology
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational), French (Basic)
Certifications: Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification
Volunteering: Dentists Without Borders, Smiles for Kids
Awards: Recipient of the Continuing Education Award for excellence in Pediatric Dentistry
Your Name
Pediatric Orthodontist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded June 2019 - Present
Lead Pediatric Orthodontist
Headed a team of 5 orthodontists, increasing the patient capacity by 40% through streamlined operations
Enhanced patient appointment efficiency by 25%, implementing a innovative scheduling system
Constructed and promoted a preventative dental care regime, reducing the necessity of surgical intervention by 35%
Leveraged clinical research to introduce advanced teeth straightening techniques, improving patient feedback by 30%
Family Dental Care February 2015 - May 2019
Pediatric Orthodontist
Instituted a comprehensive oral hygiene program, decreasing dental health issues amongst patients by 20%
Contributed to the successful development and implementation of an orthodontic treatment plan, raising patient satisfaction by 30%
Conducted workshops to educate patients about braces care, reducing bracket breakage by 15% January 2012 - January 2015
Dental Specialist
Enhanced patient trust levels, improving patient retention by 15%
Assisted senior orthodontists, contributing to a 20% increase in the clinic's operational efficiency
Resume Worded University April 2011
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) - Pediatric Dentistry
Received specialized training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2007
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minors in Chemistry and Health Sciences
Orthodontic Procedures: Applying Braces, Space Maintainers, Expanders, Invisalign
Diagnostic Tools: X-rays, Intraoral Cameras, 3D Scanning, Plaster Models
Software: Dentrix, OrthoCAD, Dolphin Imaging, Invisalign ClinCheck Software
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), French (Conversational)
Certifications: Board Certified Pediatric Orthodontist - American Board of Orthodontics (2013)
Awards: Top Dentist Award - Family Dental Care (2017, 2018, 2019)
Leadership & Volunteering: Healthy Smiles Foundation (Board Member) - Led initiatives for free dental screening programs for children in underserved areas
Your Name
General Dentist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE February 2020 - Present
Commanding General Dentist
Implemented and led a team of 10 dentists, increasing clinic operational efficiency by 30%
Conducted and interpreted advanced dental research, enhancing patient care quality by 20%
Boosted patient appointment attendance by employing a rigorous follow-up system, improving repeat visits by 25%
Revolutionized patient service by incorporating a pain-management program, increasing positive feedback by 35%
Devised a teeth whitening program, increasing demand for the service by 40%
Bright Smiles Dental Clinic June 2015 - January 2020
General Dentist
Optimized time management strategies, decreasing patient waiting time by 10%
Applied modern endodontics procedures, improving overall patient experience by 20%
Established a public health initiative to educate community on dental hygiene, reducing oral health issues by 15%
Resume Worded January 2012 - May 2015
Associate Dentist
Enhanced the clinic's patient care strategy, contributing to an increase in patient satisfaction scores by 10%
Streamlined dental care procedures, successfully improving efficiency of the clinic by 15%
Resume Worded University June 2011
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Specialization in General Dentistry
Awarded Dental Clinical Science Award for exceptional practical skills
Resume Worded University May 2007
Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Biology
Minor in Chemistry
Provost Scholar (Top 10% of class)
Dentistry Procedures: Oral Surgery, Root Canal Treatment, Fillings, Crowns & Bridges, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Pediatric Dentistry
Dentistry Tools: Dental Software (Dentrix, DentiMax), Dental X-rays, Dental Lasers, Ultrasonic Instruments
Professional: Patient Care, Preventive Management, Disease Management, Pain Management, Emergency Care
Certifications: Certified in Dental Laser Treatment (2021), Infection Control Certification (OSAP, 2020)
Leadership: President, Local Dental Professionals Community (2018-Present)
Publications: Published 10+ articles on 'Oral Healthcare & Prevention' in leading dental Journals
Continuing Education: Regularly participates in advanced dental training sessions and workshops
Your Name
Dental Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2019 - Present
Senior Dental Specialist
Evaluated and improved practice efficiency by 30% through streamlining processes and integrating the Dentrix dental care system
Enhanced patient education approach, leading to a 20% improvement in treatment compliance
Performed complex dental surgical procedures, including implants and extractions, reducing referral rates to oral surgeons by 40%
Developed a comprehensive cosmetic dentistry service offering, increasing uptake by 35%
Implemented a strategy to improve restorative dentistry resulting in 25% more successful outcomes in a year June 2016 - December 2018
Dental Specialist
Led a team to provide high-quality pediatric dentistry, reducing cavities in patients by 30%
Overhauled the periodontics treatment plan, resulting in a 15% rise in successful gum disease treatments
Successfully managed a significant caseload, with positive outcomes in 90% of completed endodontic cases
Heartland Dental January 2014 - May 2016
Associcate Dentist
Introduced a new teeth whitening technique, leading to a patient satisfaction rate increase of 28%
Offered prosthodontics services to patients, improving overall oral health in 60% of cases
Engaged in varied clinical research, focusing on patient behaviour and dental health outcomes
Resume Worded Institute December 2013
Master of Science in Oral Health Sciences
Focus on advanced dental techniques and patient management
Resume Worded University June 2009
Bachelor of Science in Dentistry
Minors in Biology and Chemistry
Dental Software: Dentrix, Eaglesoft, Carestream Dental, Dexis, Easy Dental
Dental Procedures: Operative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Periodontics
Lab Techniques: Impression taking, Model trimming, Shade taking, Radiograph interpretation
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Certifications: Invisalign Certified Provider (2017), Certification in Dental Implants (2015)
Organization Membership: American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry
Continuing Education: Completed 30+ credits of continuing education each year to stay updated in highly evolving dental field.
Volunteering: Provided free dental services in community outreach programs annually.
Your Name
Pediatric Dental Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE February 2018 - Present
Senior Pediatric Dental Specialist
Minimized dental anxiety in pediatric patients by 35% through implementation of innovative treatment strategies
Developed a pediatric dentistry training program improving the team's patient management and care by 40%
Introduced a cardipulmonary resuscitation (CPR) program ensuring 100% team compliance
Mentored and supervised dental employees resulting in a 20% faster onboarding process
Created effective oral health education materials, improving pediatric oral health awareness by 30% in the practice's patient base
Resume Worded July 2015 - January 2018
Pediatric Dental Specialist
Tailored dental procedures for pediatric patients, reducing procedural complications by 30%
Implemented dental public health programs in schools, increasing pediatric dental health awareness by 25%
Led a pediatric oral surgery team, improving outcomes by 35% over two years
Aspen Dental August 2012 - June 2015
Associcate Pediatric Dentist
Led dental care program for children, reducing decay rates by 20%
Successfully performed dental surgeries in challenging pediatric cases
Awarded Employee of the Year in 2014 for exceptional patient service and practice growth
Resume Worded University May 2012
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Specialized coursework: Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Pathology
Resume Worded Institute May 2008
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minor in Psychology
Awards: Dean’s List 2006 – 2008 (Top 10% of class)
Clinical Skills: Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Prophylaxis, Oral Surgery, Preventive Care, Restorative Dentistry, Anesthesia Management
Diagnostic Tools: Dental X-ray Interpretation, Oral Examination, Caries Risk Assessment, Orthodontic Evaluation
Technical Tools: Practice Works, Dentrix, Eaglesoft, Digital Imaging, CAD/CAM
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Certifications: Certification, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) (2020), Conscious Sedation Certification (2021)
Professional Affiliations: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA)
Leadership & Volunteering: Dental outreach programs for underprivileged children, WHO Oral Health Volunteer (2019-present)
Continuing Education: Current Concepts in Pediatric Dentistry, Clinical Sedation in Dentistry
Your Name
Cosmetic Dental Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded March 2017 - Present
Senior Cosmetic Dental Specialist
Devised and implemented a restorative dentistry strategy for cosmetic patients, improving patient outcomes by 40%
Performed aesthetic dental surgeries, including veneers and whitening, boosting patient satisfaction rates by 30%
Enhanced the cosmetic dentistry business segment by 25% in first year through comprehensive marketing initiatives
Leveraged the Dentrix dental technology system to streamline operations, boosting efficiency by 20%
Led practice-wide effort to extend cosmetic offerings, increasing new patient sign-ups by 35% October 2013 - February 2017
Cosmetic Dental Specialist
Improved patient satisfaction rates by 20% after introducing cutting-edge cosmetic procedures
Presented at five industry conferences on cosmetic techniques, demonstrating thought leadership in the field
Managed surgical procedures with precision, achieving top-tier success rates in the company
Pacific Dental Services April 2010 - September 2013
Associate Dentist
Provided excellent dental service, increasing patient retention rate by 15%
Expanded patient base by 30% with effective marketing of cosmetic dental procedures
Awarded 'Best Employee' in 2012 for exceptional customer service and practice growth
Resume Worded Academic Center June 2013
Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) - Cosmetic Dental Specialization
Ranked in top 5% of graduating class
Resume Worded University May 2009
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Minors in oral pathology and prosthetic dentistry
Recipient, Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics
Dental Technologies: CAD/CAM dentistry, CEREC, 3Shape, Dental Wings, Invisalign, Laser periodontal treatments, In-office dental milling software
Dental Procedures: Cosmetic fillings, Porcelain veneers, Dental implants, Teeth whitening, Dental bonding, Root canal therapy, Orthodontic treatments
Certifications: CPR Certification, Invisalign Certification, Laser Certification
Additional Skills: Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), Infection control, Diagnodent, Dexis Dental Imaging, VixWin, Snap Cosmetic Imaging Software
Certifications: Modern Approaches to Aesthetic Dentistry Course Certification, Dental Photographic Documentation Training Certification
Professional Affiliations: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), American Dental Association (ADA), Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS)
Volunteering: Provided free dental care to underserved communities with Smile Africa International, Participated in annual Dentistry from the Heart event

How do I add skills to a Dentist resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Dentist posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Endodontics, Oral Surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Dentistry and Prosthodontics.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Restorative Dentistry, Teeth Whitening and Dentures - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Surgery and Aesthetics - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Dentist, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Dentist Skills & Keywords

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Top Dentist Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills should you add to a Dentist resume?

Some effective Dentist skills you can add to your resume include:

  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Oral Surgery
  • Endodontics
  • Dentures
  • Prosthodontics
  • Teeth Whitening

What are the differences in resume skills between a Pediatric Dentist and a Cosmetic Dentist?

If you are writing a Pediatric Dentist resume, try to emphasize skills like Pediatric Dentistry, Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Pediatrics, Oral Surgery, Surgery and Sedation Dentistry.

Similarly, if you are writing a Cosmetic Dentist resume, emphasize skills like Veneers, Dentures, Invisalign, Crowns, Periodontics, Root Canal, Prosthodontics and Aesthetics.

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