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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Dr. P, Nov 20, 2000.
what is the difference, if any between the D.M.D. and D.D.S degrees?
Not a silly question at all. There is essentially no difference. Both can perform the same job equally. I believe DMD (doctor of dental medicine) was used originally, someone correct me if I'm wrong. But, somewhere along the line someone thought dentistry was more of a surgical specialty, and dubbed their grads DDS (doctor of dental surgery). A lot of schools followed their lead and did the same. So, today we have both. If you'll notice, most of the older schools use DMD (Harvard, etc.) while the newest schools use DDS.
Feel free to ask any other questions that may seem silly, and I will do my best answer them.
Dude is correct: no difference. In NY state, all dental schools award the DDS. In Massachussetts and Pennsylvania all award the DMD. I don't know what other states do, but it should not be a basis for choosing a dental school, unless you think DMD appears more "prestigious." With either degree you are eligible for specialty training and licensure anywhere.