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The Second Rarest Job in America: Atlanta Dentist Discusses New Bureau of Labor Statistics that Reveal Low Number of Prosthodontists
Date:4/30/2013

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Why don’t more children say they want to be prosthodontists when they grow up? The reason may be that most children, not to mention most adults, have never heard of this particular specialized field. Earlier this year, Forbes published findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment and Wage Estimates Survey which revealed that prosthodontists hold the second least common job in America, right after private household chefs. In fact, of the 1.2 million businesses surveyed, only 560 people in the U.S. currently practice prosthodontics exclusively. When general dentists who also practice prosthodontics are factored in, the number increases to nearly 4000, according to the American College of Prosthodontists.

Dr. David Zelby, a general dentist and prosthodontist practicing in Atlanta, describes the field as an internationally recognized dental specialty that focuses on helping restore the appearance and function or the oral structures in patients with missing or severely compromised teeth. In other words, prosthodontists have received extensive training in designing, fitting, and placing dental prosthetics like dentures, partial dentures, and bridges. Dental implants, one of the newest solutions for replacing missing teeth, have become increasingly popular and prosthodontists work closely with oral surgeons to place, design, and restore

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