Whats the difference between a DDS and DMD?
You may notice that some dentists are listed with a “DDS”, and some are listed as “DMD” -both mean the same thing. The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees.
Dentists who have a DMD or DDS have the same education. It’s up to the universities to determine what degree is awarded; both degrees use the same curriculum requirements.
The educational path into dentistry is on par with the level of education and clinical training required with those of medical schools, requiring three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school to graduate and become a general dentist.
Also, upon completion of training, dentists must pass both a national written exam and a regional clinical licensing exam in order to practice. To keep their licenses, they must meet continuing education requirements for the remainder of their careers so that they may stay up to date on the latest scientific and clinical developments this includes additional post-graduate training is required to become a dental specialist, such as an orthodontist, periodontist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon.