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What is the difference between a DDS and a DMD?
DMD vs DDS Irving, TX
You may have noticed that the name of your family dentist is followed by DDS or DMD. But what do those letters stand for? And is there any difference between the two?
In short, no, not really. Both titles show that your dentist is a well-trained professional who can take care of your everyday dental needs and treat problems when they come up.
Both DDS and DMD mean that your dentist has graduated from a dental school that has been approved by the government. After getting an undergraduate degree, dentists spend four years in dental school, just like doctors do in medical school. The first two years of dental school are spent taking medical science classes like biochemistry and pathology. The next two years are spent doing clinical and laboratory work. Before they can work, dentists must also pass a national written exam and a state licensing exam.
DMD = Doctor of Dental Medicine
DMD means “Doctor of Dental Medicine.” Each university chooses what degrees to give out. But the American Dental Association says that the curriculum requirements for both degrees are the same, as set by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
DDS = Doctor of Dental Surgery
The first dental school in the world, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, started giving the DDS degree in 1840. In 1867, Harvard Dental School began the first DMD program. About one-third of dental schools now offer DMD degrees, while the other two-thirds offer DDS degrees.
Dentists who get a DDS or DMD degree can get more training after they graduate to become a periodontist, orthodontist, endodontist, or oral surgeon.
What Kinds of Qualifications Should I Look for in a Dentist?
When looking for a family dentist, look for a DDS or DMD degree and a license from the state. Dentists who have a license are qualified to do routine care and a wide range of procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. Dentists are trained to find and treat problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. And just as important, they paid a lot of attention to prevention and the health of their teeth. Helping patients keep their teeth and gums healthy is an important part of the job. Your regular dentist is good at:
- Dentists do both cosmetic and restorative work.
- General dentistry that uses the latest technology.
- Dentistry for children.
Can A Dentist do Oral Surgery?
Your family dentist can do both surgical and non-surgical procedures because he or she has a DDS or DMD degree. General and family dentists regularly do the following surgeries:
- Tooth Pullings
- Root Canal Treatment
- Dental Implants
But if your problem is complicated, your regular dentist may send you to a specialist. You may need to see a specialist for root canals that are more complicated, teeth that are impacted, wisdom teeth, and other difficult extractions, as well as for gum disease that is very bad. If you need IV sedation or general anesthesia for a procedure, your regular dentist will usually refer you to a specialist. Some specialists are:
A dentist who specializes in the pulp of the tooth is called an endodontist. Your family dentist may send you to an endodontist for difficult extractions and some root canal treatments.
A periodontist is a doctor who is trained to prevent and treat gum disease. A family dentist can help many people with their gum health. But people with severe gum disease might need to see a specialist.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon focuses on injuries to the face and jaw, impacted teeth, jaw joint problems, and some dental implant procedures.
If you have pain, an infection, or other problems, the best place to start is with your family dentist. They can figure out what’s wrong with you and, if necessary, refer you to someone else.
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