If you are passionate about the fields of health and medicine, with a desire to focus on dentistry, a Doctorate of Dental Medicine can be a way to begin a career-focused higher education that can prepare you for different professional options within the industry. Dentistry is the study of the branch of medicine that is involved with the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the mouth and related structures of the jaw and facial areas. There are various specialties within dentistry including orthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics.
The two most common doctoral level degrees are the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Various dental schools also offer a Ph.D. in certain areas of research and specialties within the dental medicine field. You will typically need to have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to entering one of these programs. You may also need additional education if you wish to specialize in a particular area of dentistry such as dental implants or oral and maxillofacial surgery. There may also be additional requirements such as a residency or other hands-on experience needed.
While many students choose to pursue general dentistry or dental surgery, there are also other career options for which a student might pursue a doctorate in dental medicine. For instance there is forensic odontology where a dentist could help gather dental evidence for use in the law, often to help verify the identity of a person. There is dental public health where dentists could have an impact on their communities through social policy and preventative health planning. Dentists could specialize in areas such as pediatric dentistry or geriatric dentistry. Start your search of our directory today to find the program that best matches your interests and goals.