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Upon graduation from dental school - to become a general dentist - a dentist is awarded either a DDS or a DMD degree:
There is no difference between the two degrees - both dentists have received the same education and completed the same curriculum requirements set by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. The difference is merely semantics - some institutions award a DMD degree, while others award a DDS degree. Generally, three or more years of undergraduate college education plus four years of dental school is required to graduate and become a general dentist. State licensing boards accept either degree as equivalent, and both degrees allow licensed individuals to practice the same scope of general dentistry.
Additional post-graduate training is required to become a dental specialist. Dental/oral health specialists include the following: