8 doctors weighed in:

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

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Heidi Nelson
Dr. Heidi Nelson
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Dr. Cathy Graves
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