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A 45-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
A Verified Doctoranswered
33 years experience
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 44 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
undefined 25 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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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 37 years experience
DMD/DDS: They are basically the same. Some schools issue a doctor of medical dentistry.
A 19-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between dds and dmd ?

6 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
No difference: Dds stands for doctor of dental surgery and dmd stands for doctor of doctor of dental medicine some dental schools award ddm degree and other award dmd.
A 45-year-old member asked:

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

7 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 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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