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How many years of medical school would you have to do to become a Dentist.


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Blake’s Answer

Hey Audriana,

You do not have to attend medical school to become a dentist, however, you will have to attend dental school so that you can earn your DDS or DMD (which is required to be a dentist). Majority of dental schools are a 4 year degree, accompanied by a 4 year bachelor degree. So it would potentially take 8 years to become a dentist (assuming you don't specialize).

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Blake

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Estelle’s Answer

Hi, Audriana,
To become a dentist, you will need to take the dental entrance exam known as the DAT then apply to dental school. Dental school is then a 4 year program. Dental school is very competitive, so work hard and make good grades in college. Study for the DAT for at least 3 months in advance, and use a prep course. Prep books may be found online or you can find courses as well.
Good luck!

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Shashank’s Answer

Hello Audriana,

In the United States, dentists earn either a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. There is no difference in the training for either degree. The degrees are equivalent, and recognized equally by all state boards of dentistry. There are 56 accredited dental schools in the United States requiring 4 years of post graduate study (except for one unique 3-year program at the University of the Pacific).

Shashank recommends the following next steps:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_education_throughout_the_world#Dental_education_in_the_United_States

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