Dental schools award the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree after three or four years of study; the degrees are equivalent to one another. The first years typically consist of foundational science courses and their application to the study of dentistry. The final years are more patient-focused and the student is exposed to a variety of specialtieswithin the dental field.

Following graduation, students who wish to specialize undergo postgraduate training in fields such as periodontics, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery. Graduates who plan to be general practitioners are not required to engage in postgraduate training. Most dentists are in private practice.  All graduates must pass a licensing exam to practice dentistry, which varies from state to state.


American Dental Education Association

Dental Admissions Test

Associated American Dental Schools Application Service

Links to Dental schools