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Dental degrees

DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) / DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) both Dental Degrees indicate the degree awarded to graduation from dental school to become a dentist.


    There is no difference between the two degrees; dentists who have a DDS or DMD have the same education. Universities have the prerogative to determine what degree is granted.

    Usually, to graduate and become a dentist usually requires three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school. State licensing boards accept either degree as equivalent, and both degrees allow licensed individuals to practice the same scope of general dentistry. Additional post-graduate training is required to become a dental specialist, such as an orthodontist, periodontist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon.


    The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees.

       Basically, the difference is a matter of semantics.
       Most schools award the DDS degree, but just some award DMD.
       The education and degrees are the same.

    Others are Bachelor of Dental (BDent), Bachelor of Dental Surgery / Chirurgiae (BDS) O (BChD), which are equivalent degrees to the practice of dentistry.


    The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree is also awarded in Canada and recognized by the Canadian Dental Association. The basic requirements for an average DDS program (such as the University of Toronto) include courses:

       01 in Biochemistry            01 in Physiology
       02 in Life Sciences           01 in either Humanities or Social Sciences

    Several universities in Canada offer the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, including the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, while the rest of Canada dental schools offer the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree to their graduates.

    Additional qualifications may be obtained from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) administers examinations for qualified dental specialists as part of the dental profession in Canada. The current tests are known as the National Review Dental Specialties (NDSE). Successful completion can lead to scholarships at the College (FRCD (C)) and / or may be used for purposes of licensing.