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Having second thoughts about Dentistry

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I've been wanting to be a dentist since grade 10, I am in 3rd year University now. This whole time it seemed like a excellent path, a respectable job with a good salary and one that would fulfill my satisfaction of working with my hands.

Now though I'm starting to hear dentists don't make alot in big cities, it's not all about money for me but it is a scary thought. Cities like Vancouver and Toronto or any decent city in Canada are too saturated with dentists and they want medical doctors instead (Which makes no sense to me) and that it is actually hard to find a fulltime job.

So what I am asking is, how do new graduates do it? Do they work at two different clinics for 3-5 years and make enough money to open their own clinic or what? How is the situation in cities like Edmonton and Calgary and how is the situation going to be 10-20 years from now?

I'm very stressed about this, i've always seen myself as a dentist but it doesn't seem like a smart choice anymore.

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I've been wanting to be a dentist since grade 10, I am in 3rd year University now. This whole time it seemed like a excellent path, a respectable job with a good salary and one that would fulfill my satisfaction of working with my hands.

Now though I'm starting to hear dentists don't make alot in big cities, it's not all about money for me but it is a scary thought. Cities like Vancouver and Toronto or any decent city in Canada are too saturated with dentists and they want medical doctors instead (Which makes no sense to me) and that it is actually hard to find a fulltime job.

So what I am asking is, how do new graduates do it? Do they work at two different clinics for 3-5 years and make enough money to open their own clinic or what? How is the situation in cities like Edmonton and Calgary and how is the situation going to be 10-20 years from now?

I'm very stressed about this, i've always seen myself as a dentist but it doesn't seem like a smart choice anymore.

 

New graduates will most likely not open up their own clinics right away. First of all, the experience is very different from when you practice in school and the outside world. So it'll take a bit to get used to and adapt. Another reason is think about the debt they are in after graduating.. The tuition is so expensive, and the amount required to establish a clinic is.. breath taking thinking about it..

 

Just my thoughts.

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I've been wanting to be a dentist since grade 10, I am in 3rd year University now. This whole time it seemed like a excellent path, a respectable job with a good salary and one that would fulfill my satisfaction of working with my hands.

Now though I'm starting to hear dentists don't make alot in big cities, it's not all about money for me but it is a scary thought. Cities like Vancouver and Toronto or any decent city in Canada are too saturated with dentists and they want medical doctors instead (Which makes no sense to me) and that it is actually hard to find a fulltime job.

So what I am asking is, how do new graduates do it? Do they work at two different clinics for 3-5 years and make enough money to open their own clinic or what? How is the situation in cities like Edmonton and Calgary and how is the situation going to be 10-20 years from now?

I'm very stressed about this, i've always seen myself as a dentist but it doesn't seem like a smart choice anymore.

 

You aren't even in dentistry yet, and you are that stressed? haha what about us who are already in dentistry hearing about those things? :rolleyes:

 

Consensus is that dentists still do decent outside of major cities. Unless your parents have an established practice doing well in a major city it's generally not suggested to work in major cities at this point. As depressing as it may sound, they truly are very saturated and you probably should begin thinking about working at least an hour away from those cities.

 

There are recent graduates who decide to work in cities like Toronto anyways due to family and personal reasons but most I've seen had to find a placement at multiple practices and sometimes at odd times as well.

 

As for medical doctors, I believe that is true mostly for family physicians, not so much specialists. But the saturation is definitely not as bad as dentists I suppose.

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If you really want to be a dentist and you are willing to work anywhere and have a realistic view on salary/working hours you'll be fine. But no, if you wanted to earn big bucks in a large city it's probably not the best choice anymore.

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If you really want to be a dentist and you are willing to work anywhere and have a realistic view on salary/working hours you'll be fine. But no, if you wanted to earn big bucks in a large city it's probably not the best choice anymore.

 

I totally agree. If dentistry is really your passion, then you wouldn't mind how much you will earn in the future. You can make big money in dentistry if you wanted to, all you need to do is to do well on that field.

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