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Career Overview:

  • Dentists ensure patients receive proper and professional oral health care.
  • Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth.
  • May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.
  • Tasked with delivering safe and effective dental care to patients, dentists are specialized professionals who diagnose and provide treatments for a variety of oral health issues.

Full Dental Career Profile

Dental School Requirements:

  • Undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.2
  • American Dental Association’s Dental Admissions Test (DAT 19.9 average)
  • 90 credits be completed at the time of application, or in some cases a full baccalaureate degree. These credits must include studies in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, physiology, math and English composition
  • Dental School Application Information: The ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS)

Dental Program Types:

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
  • Master of Science in Dental Medicine (M.S.)
  • Postgraduate Certification in Advanced Education in General Dentistry
  • Postgraduate Certification in Endodontics
  • Postgraduate Certification in Operative Dentistry
  • Postgraduate Certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Postgraduate Certification in Orthodontics
  • Postgraduate Certification in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Postgraduate Certification in Periodontics
  • Postgraduate Certification in Prosthodontics
  • Postgraduate Certification in Special Need Dentisty
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