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DDS vs. DMD Degree:  Is There a Difference?

In August 2013 we welcomed a new associate, Dr. Tim Jernberg, to Commerce Drive Dental.  Dr. Jernberg is originally from North Mankato and is a graduate of Loyola High School.  He attended the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate education, and in February 2013 he graduated from Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, AZ. 

Some patients have asked us what the difference is between Dr. Jernberg’s degree (DMD, or Doctor of Dental Medicine) and our other three doctors’ degrees (DDS, or Doctor of Dental Surgery).  There is no established difference between these.  They only differ in the title of the degree because some dental schools award the DMD title, while others confer the DDS title.

According to the American Dental Association:  “the DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. They are awarded upon graduation from dental school to become a general dentist. The majority of dental schools award the DDS degree; however, some award a DMD degree. The education and degrees are the same.” 

Additionally, all dentists must meet the same national and regional certification standards in order to practice dentistry.

– from Kris S. (Business Team)

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