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About the Dentistry Pre-Professional Program

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Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient’s teeth, gums, and parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health. Studying dentistry is great training for careers in general practice, orthodontics, periodontics, oral or maxillofacial surgery, and oral pathology. Majoring in Pre-Dentistry at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare you for higher education in the field.

Program Information Guide

Responsibilities of a dentist:

  • Removes decay from teeth and fills cavities
  • Straightens teeth to correct bite issues
  • Places sealants or whitening agents on teeth
  • Repairs cracked or fractured teeth and removes teeth
  • Gives anesthetics to keep patients from feeling pain during procedures
  • Writes prescriptions for antibiotics or other medications
  • Examines X-rays of teeth, gums, the jaw and nearby areas for problems
  • Teaches patients about dental care like diet, flossing or use of fluoride
  • Makes models and measurements for dental appliances such as dentures

Average Salary: $158,120 per year

19% Projected Employment Growth

from 2016 to 2026 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Data based on cumulative placement data for the last 3 years

72% Accepted


Sarah Sexton

"After practicing dental hygiene in Minden, Neb., for 10 years, I am taking the courses needed to fulfill my prerequisites for dental school at UNK." "I want to expand the scope of my career by pursuing my DDS degree," said Sarah Sexton. "The organic chemistry professors are not only very knowledgeable, but also willing to take the time to help their students one-on-one." Sexton says she was well prepared, especially in organic chemistry, to take the Dental Admission test.

Sarah Sexton

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