maybe a dumb question, what does P.A. after DDS/DMD stand for?

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this may be really dumb but i can't find it on a search and i was just curious... what does the P.A. after the DDS or DMD title signify?
i see most dentists use it in their titles...

thanks!
 

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this may be really dumb but i can't find it on a search and i was just curious... what does the P.A. after the DDS or DMD title signify?
i see most dentists use it in their titles...

thanks!

I believe it stands for Professional Association. Many professionals have the P.A. (lawyers, docs, dentists, businesses, etc.), although how you get involved and exactly what it does is still a mystery to me.......
 

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I believe it stands for Professional Association. Many professionals have the P.A. (lawyers, docs, dentists, businesses, etc.), although how you get involved and exactly what it does is still a mystery to me.......

Gosh...i want to know too...maybe it has something to go with the financial aspect...ie taxes, bankruptcy, etcc????????????????????
I asked this question before and when I told me the answer....i went lalallalh lah llah lahl....then i fogot!
 
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doctor of dental medicine=DMD and doctor of dental surgery=DDS. They are both equivalent degrees. The name difference does not really mean anything anymore; it's just a matter of semantics.
 

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That wasn't the question.

Just a sign that too many people ask that Q apparently.

I've also heard PA used in regards to "Physician's Assistant," but that wouldn't make a lot of sense in this case.
 

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I tried to Google it, but still couldn't come up with an answer.
 

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From what I can tell, most dentists with the PA have done a residency.
 

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From what I can tell, most dentists with the PA have done a residency.

I know several general dentists that have the P.A. after their name. Never have gotten around to asking them what it means.

I don't think it has anything to do with actual dentistry, but more along the lines of the dental practice being a business. Perhaps something to do with belonging to the local Chamber of Commerce?
 

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This is what I found on the web:

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What does PC or PA after a dentist's name stand for?
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These are abbreviations for the legal terms - Professional Corporation or Professional Association. A PC or PA dentist is one who has incorporated his practice for income tax purposes. These abbreviations have nothing to do with his or her ability as a dentist
 

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This is what I found on the web:

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What does PC or PA after a dentist's name stand for?
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These are abbreviations for the legal terms - Professional Corporation or Professional Association. A PC or PA dentist is one who has incorporated his practice for income tax purposes. These abbreviations have nothing to do with his or her ability as a dentist


I was just going to chime in with this info! A lot of the lawyers I work with incorporate themselves for tax purposes.
 

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This is what I found on the web:

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What does PC or PA after a dentist's name stand for?
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These are abbreviations for the legal terms - Professional Corporation or Professional Association. A PC or PA dentist is one who has incorporated his practice for income tax purposes. These abbreviations have nothing to do with his or her ability as a dentist

Ha! i knew it :D
 

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It means professional association. In NM you are required by law to have it to practice dentistry. It is similar to LLC, CORP, ect.
 

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The abbreviation DDS stands for doctor of dental surgery, and PA refers to a professional association. DDS is the degree held by the dentist, and professional association is a legal term that allows a person to be treated as a business entity for tax purposes.
 
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