02/06/2010  |  
Posted in Fun Dental Facts
Is your dentist a DDS or DMD? Is there a difference?

In 1840, the world's first dental college was opened at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. This began the formal education of dentists who would receive the Doctor of Dental Science or DDS degree. Years later, the Harvard University Dental School was founded in 1867 as the first university-affiliated dental institution. The school called its degree the Doctor of Medical Dentistry or DMD.

A DDS or DMD degree is awarded upon graduation from dental school to become a general dentist. There is no difference between the degrees — the difference is a matter of semantics. Universities can determine which degree is awarded at that school. The majority of dental schools award the DDS degree while fewer award a DMD. Both degrees use the same curriculum requirements which are set by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. Undergraduate education and four years of dental school is required to graduate as a general dentist with one of these degrees. To become a dental specialist such as a Periodontist, Endodontist, Pediatric Dentist, Orthodontist, Prosthodontist, or Oral Surgeon additional years of postgraduate study are required.

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