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A 31-year-old member asked:

how do a dds and a dmd differ?

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Dr. K Bigelow
Dentistry 36 years experience
No difference: The dds or dmd is the degree that the dental school offered upon graduation. Both have similar training and have to pass national board exams as well as state board exams in order to practice dentistry. Both are equally qualified.
Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Just the name: Dds stands for doctor of dental surgery. Dmd stands for doctor of medical dentistry. Both are essentially the same. It just depends at what school was attended and what they call their degree.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

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
Dentistry 12 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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

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.
A 33-year-old member asked:

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.

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