In our office different levels of dental professionals are practicing dentistry. All dental professionals must be licensed by the state in which they are providing care. To be eligible for licensure, dentists, dental hygienists and expanded function dental assistants (EFDA) must graduate from a dental school or vocational school that’s accredited by the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation. They must also continuously attend educational meetings and stay current with the most recent developments in the profession.
Dentists: Dental students can obtain either a Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). DMD and DDS are equivalent degrees, and both programs consist of the similar four-year curricula. The first two years are comprised of fundamental sciences and pre-clinical instruction in classrooms and laboratories. In the final two years, students gain hands-on experience in dental clinics, treating patients under the direction of skilled dentists and teachers. In […]