November 2009 Archives

What is the Difference Between a DDS and a DMD?

You may have noticed two different sets of initials after a dentist's name: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). The difference between the two just happens to be what the university/college offers. Both a DDS and DMD have undergone the same education and have passed the same dental exams. More dental schools award a DDS degree, although a number of dental universities still use the distinction of DMD.

To become a DDS or DMD, you must have finished at least three years of undergraduate college (most schools require a bachelor's degree) and you must successfully pass the Dental Admissions Test. Recommendations from past college professors are often required, along with an admissions interview.

Once accepted to dental school, you will complete four more years of training and education. Before you can receive your DDS or DMD distinction, you must pass the:
  • National Board Dental Examination Part I
  • National Board Dental Examination Part II
  • State dental board examination
You must also apply for a state license upon passing the state exam. Many states are now participating in regional board exams instead of giving individual exams.

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