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is there a real big difference between a dmd and dds?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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None: I am not a dentist but as far as i know, the dmd and dds degrees are equivalent. Both are dentists. I believe it is similar to the fact that there are two degrees for doctors, M.D. And D.O.
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 43 years experience
Not any more: Historically, most dental schools offered the dds degree. A few, such as penn and tufts, restructured their curriculum to provide a greater understanding of the connection between the health of the mouth and the rest of the body and chose to use a different designation. Today, however, there really is no difference in the quality or scope of education leading to either degree. Both are well trained.
Dr. Cathy Graves
Dentistry 24 years experience
No there is no difference. I was always told most dental schools west of the Mississippi give DDS degrees when most schools east of the Mississippi give DMD degrees. This is not 100 percent but could be close
Feb 23, 2013

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What is dmd vs dds?

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Dr. Kaveh Niknia
Dentistry 22 years experience
Same, both Dentists: Dds stands for doctor of dental surgery, and dmd stands for doctor of dental medicine. All graduates from an accredited us dental school will have one degree or the other depending on the school of graduation. Historically, before dental education was regulated, there were slight differences between the two degrees. Currently, the degrees are equivalent bearing equal rights and privileges.
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Is dmd dentist more qualified than a dds?

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Dr. Craig Fisk
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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.
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Is a maxillofacial surgeon a dds or md?

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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 11 years experience
Depends: Some of them are both a dds and md. Some are dds with additional specialized training. Either way, it takes many many years to become a maxillofacial surgeon and they are very qualified for what they do.
A 32-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
DMD/DDS: They are basically the same. Some schools issue a doctor of medical dentistry.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between a dmd and a dds?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Nothing: Training is the same. One stands for doctor of dental surgery dds and the other is doctor of dental medicine dmd.

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