Dentists, General


Will "Dentists, General" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. However, our poll suggests a higher chance of automation: a 35% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Totally Safe

or 0.4% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $74.80 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 18 out of 707

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How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

People Employed (US)

Median Annual Wage (US)

Job description

Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

SOC Code: 29-1021

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T. Fairy (Highly likely) says
Dentistry is mainly about image recognition and operating machinery, machines excel at this.
Jan 30, 2020 at 02:47 PM
Muddy (No chance) says
While I can see robots eventually replacing dentists, the degree of analytical creativity and personalized service makes it unlikely within 20 years .
Jan 28, 2020 at 12:08 PM
Abdullah (Could go either way) says
Give Chinese people some time .
Jan 18, 2020 at 06:03 PM
eliazk says
I want to be a dentist and I'm so happy
Dec 13, 2019 at 06:09 PM
Allison Amodeo (Small chance) says
Dentists need to know what to do and need to give the child/or parent comfort. Robots wouldn't make anyone (including me) comfortable.
Nov 27, 2019 at 01:21 AM
Yes says
A robot has much better precision than a human hand and it doesn't have big fingers that get in the way, tremble or age, nor does it have poor vision.
Oct 18, 2019 at 10:53 AM
Albert Musco (Highly likely) says
The unaffordabilty of basic dental care will push the monetary greed out of the profession and replace humans with AI , robotics and lazers
Sep 21, 2019 at 06:57 AM
Shadock (Highly likely) says
Remember the one fact of life.
All humans are selfish.
Most Dentist will do un-safe and/or un-needed operations just to make a quick dollar.
Robots will have no need for money. Robots will be slaves that are perfect in the art of Dentistry. With that said, I hope robots take over the job.
Aug 05, 2019 at 04:04 PM
Leonid says
Agreed, bingo
Oct 05, 2019 at 04:49 AM
Jake (Likely) says
China already had a procedure done by a robot. It is only a matter of time.
Jul 09, 2019 at 11:43 PM
Joe (No chance) says
I think a bigger threat to dentists are preventative measures that can be taken by people to reduce the probability that they will ever have to go to a dentist's office.

Of course, as AI and machine learning are integrated in business the probability that some business will provide a product to a customer that will serve that specific purpose is nearly 100%.
Nov 11, 2019 at 06:07 AM
Ron (Small chance) says
Mouths never change. AI could figure it out.
Jun 25, 2019 at 01:17 PM
bruh says
clearly you've never seen wisdom tooth x-ray
Sep 13, 2019 at 07:32 AM
Loompa says
they may change in the future with evolution and most peoples mouth and teeth placement are different
Sep 09, 2020 at 03:42 AM
delta (Could go either way) says
I am not sure about my future jobs, but if there an operation devices that could do surgery, then yeah.
Jun 06, 2019 at 08:56 AM

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