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DDS & DMD Programs

DDS & DMD Programs

There are 9 recognized dental specialties in the United States, Canada and Australia. To be a specialist requires the formation of a residency or advanced graduate training program.


    Both, the DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicina) are an academic degree awarded to dentists, along with the following; which each fully qualifies the holder to practice dentistry:

       Bachelor of Dentistry (BDent)
       Bachelor of Dental Surgery/Chirurgiae (BDS or BChD)
       Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc)
       Bachelor of Dental Medicine (BDM)
       Licentiate in Dental Surgery (LDS)
       Doctor of Dentistry (CD)
       Candidate of Odontology (Cand.Odont.)
       and Doctor of Medical Dentistry (Dr.Med.Dent.)


    Once the residency is completed, a dentist must grant a certificate of special training. Many programs have the required expertise or optional advanced degrees such as MBBS/MD (or specific Maxillofacial Surgery), MS or PhD.
       Orthodontics: 2-3 years
       Endodontics: 2-3 years
       Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: 4-6 years
          Longer for MD / MBBS granting of degree programmes
       Periodontics: 3 years
       Prosthdontist: 3 years
          Subcontractors may choose to specialize in Maxillofacial Prosthetics.
          An extra year of training after completing a programme of prostheses.
       Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology: 3 years
       Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: 3 years
       Pediatric Dentistry: 2 years
       Dental Public Health: 1-2 years


       Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Months
       Advanced Education in General Dentistry 24 Months
       Dental Public Health
    admission    General Practice Residency 12 Months
       General Practice Residency 24 Months
       Maxillofacial Prosthetics
       Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
       Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
       Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
       Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinical Fellowships
       Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
       Orthodontics / Pediatric Dentistry
       Orthodontics / Periodontics
       Pediatric Dentistry
       Prosthodontics / Maxillofacial Prosthetics


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