A 29-year-old male asked:
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i understand that dentists are doctors by virtue of thier title, education and training. but are dentists also "physicians" ?

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Dr. Jonathan Engel
39 years experience Dentistry
Does it matter?: I don't know if I have ever had someone call me a physician..But I have a doctor degree same as a medical doctor. Is this really an important issue for you or just semantics.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
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Dr. Nancy Baxi
Dr. Nancy Baxi commented
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Agree, but generally , no they are not called physicians
Oct 6, 2012
Dr. Wayne ORoark
57 years experience Dentistry
No: The time of training for a dentist is equivalent to that needed to be a physician, but a physician is a doctor of medicine, a dentist is a doctor of dental surgery (dds) or doctor of dental medicine (dmd), exactly the same degree.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Steven Hever
18 years experience Dentistry
No: Physicians have gone through medical school, whereas dentists go through dental school, and specialize in the oral cavity. Physicians leave the teeth and surrounding structures to the dentist and although there is crossover because everything is connected, they are not the same.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Mayur Nayee
11 years experience Dentistry
Bit of both: Dentists are trained as "physicians of the head and neck" and so everything above the collar bone is considered their area of expertise. In addition to the mechanics of fixing teeth, dentists are increasingly having to view the entire body as a whole due to the effects the oral conditions have on systemic health. In the same way, conditions like diabetes have serious effects on teeth and gums.
Answered on Aug 3, 2019
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Dr. John Thaler
41 years experience Prosthodontics
Normally not in U.S.: The DMD/DDS degrees are not medical degrees, but ,rather,dental degrees.Some Oral Surgery programs are "dual degree" programs in which the dentist earns a medical (MD) degree while earning their certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. These Dentists are also Physicians.There are some Dentists that go back to school to get their Medical Degree.In other countries Dentistry is part of Medicine
Answered on Jan 3, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Dentists are not: physicians. Remember the statement "All physicians are doctors, but not all doctors are necessarily physicians".
Answered on Jan 3, 2015
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Doctors: The title "Doctor" refers to level of education. A Doctor is trained in a specific discipline, whether that's Dentistry (DDS/DMD), Medicine/Physician (DO/MD), Psychology (PsyD/PhD), Optometry (OD), Podiatry (DPM), History (PhD), and all recognize educational achievement in that discipline. Dentists are not physicians, physicians are not dentists. And both health care disciplines have specialties.
Answered on Aug 3, 2019

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