For the average dentist, it takes more than 8 years of schooling to obtain a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree. Is there a difference in the education received between a DMD and a DDS licensed dentist? The real answer: no. The dental school curriculum remains the same regardless of the three letters at the end of your dentists name. For example, both a DMD and DDS dentist can perform oral surgery, regardless of the name of their degree.
After your DMD or DDS dentist receives their degree, they continue a lifetime worth of continuing education in order to maintain their licensure and keep up with the best technological advances in dentistry.
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