DDS vs. DMD
- Posted on: Feb 18 2011
If you have shopped around for dentists or researched dental topics online, you might have noticed that some dentists are listed as DDS, while others have DMD after their names. You might even have read that the two are different degrees, with different courses of study or different types of work done by each. In fact, the DDS and DMD degrees are virtually the same. The name of the degree depends solely on the school where it was received. Ardmore, Pennsylvania area cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall received her DMD from Harvard University, where the DMD designation is traditionally used. Why Two Degrees? DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery, and was the first designation given to a person who had studied dentistry. In 1867, Harvard University, which traditionally grants degrees in Latin, added a dental school. The direct Latin translation of Doctor of Dental Surgery is Chirurgae Dentium Doctoris or CDD. Those making the decisions at the time did not like the sound of this degree, and so instead granted the DMD, or Dentariae Medicinae Doctor. What is the Difference? Because of the different designations, there is some confusion about whether one degree is “better” than the other, or whether one type of dentist is more qualified for certain types of dental work. In reality, both the DDS and DMD programs study the same information and learn the same things, with no more than the usual slight differences between individual schools. Schools along the East coast are more likely to use the DMD designation, while other schools are more likely to use the DDS. For purposes of choosing a general dentist, the designation is inconsequential. Ardmore, Pennsylvania area cosmetic dentist Lindsey Marshall, DMD, has received extensive training in all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry. For the best of dental care, please contact Dr. Marshall’s office for a consultation or to schedule an appointment. >· $115 billion for medical care caused by overweight and obese patients
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