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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is dmd dentist more qualified than a dds?

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Dr. Craig Fisk
Dentistry 13 years experience
They are the same: Dmd and dds are the two degrees that are offered to dentists in the usa. Dmd vs dds is determined by the state's law. For example, a dentist graduating from massachusetts will always receive a dmd and a graduate from new york will always get a dds. All the credentials are exactly the same and both are allowed all practicing privileges in all 50 states once they pass their board certification.
Dr. Srijan Mehta
General Practice 15 years experience
No: There is nothing diffirent about the the two degree's except the school you go to , as dmd is mainly given in the north east and the rest of the country gives a dds.
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 29 years experience
Different schools: A doctor of dental medicine and a doctor of dental surgery are trained in similar manners. Older institutions generally grant a dds while newer ones prefer the dmd degree. All dental programs have to pass accreditation standards and all dentists have to pass clinical licensure exams to be granted a license to practice. So there is no real difference.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What does dds and dmd stand for after a dentists name?

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Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Synanswered
Dentistry 39 years experience
Same degree: Dds stands for doctor of dental surgery and dmd stands for doctor of dental medicine. These degrees are equal in licencing and practice.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is there a real big difference to a dentist with a dmd and dds?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 37 years experience
DMD/DDS: They are basically the same. Some schools issue a doctor of medical dentistry.

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