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Is there any difference between studying dentistry and dental surgery ?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Same

The degrees are the same today : dds and dmd.
The older is doctor of dental surgery. Oral surgery is a specialth within dentistry which requires a residency after dental school. This may be 4-6 years in duration, and may also earn you an md.

In brief: Same

The degrees are the same today : dds and dmd.
The older is doctor of dental surgery. Oral surgery is a specialth within dentistry which requires a residency after dental school. This may be 4-6 years in duration, and may also earn you an md.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Synonymous

The terms are synonymous.
The dental degree: dds means doctor of dental surgery. As opposed to oral surgeon, which is a dental specialty.

In brief: Synonymous

The terms are synonymous.
The dental degree: dds means doctor of dental surgery. As opposed to oral surgeon, which is a dental specialty.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Dds or dmd are the professional designations for doctors of dental surgery or dental medicine.
Oral surgery is a recognized specialty within dentistry that requires additional training.

In brief: No

Dds or dmd are the professional designations for doctors of dental surgery or dental medicine.
Oral surgery is a recognized specialty within dentistry that requires additional training.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dr. Sal Aragona
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Degrees

Dentists hold either a DDS or DM D degree, and they a synonymous.
An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon has an additional 4-5 years of residency training. It's like the difference between a Primary Care Physician and a specialty like Orthopedic Surgery, OBGyn, Urology, etc.

In brief: Degrees

Dentists hold either a DDS or DM D degree, and they a synonymous.
An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon has an additional 4-5 years of residency training. It's like the difference between a Primary Care Physician and a specialty like Orthopedic Surgery, OBGyn, Urology, etc.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry

In brief: Yes There Is

Becoming a dentist requires eight years of college: four years of undergraduate work (Bachelor's degree) and then four years of post-graduate work (Doctorate degree in dentistry).
If you want to become an oral surgeon, then it requires an additional four to five years of post-doctoral training (at least).

In brief: Yes There Is

Becoming a dentist requires eight years of college: four years of undergraduate work (Bachelor's degree) and then four years of post-graduate work (Doctorate degree in dentistry).
If you want to become an oral surgeon, then it requires an additional four to five years of post-doctoral training (at least).
Dr. Daniel Wolter
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