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Where the dentist's practice is located, with contact information. This information may be important to you if you need to depend on transportation or you have difficulty with mobility. You might call the dentist's office if you have questions about location, access, dental plan coverage, appointments and other information that may be helpful to you.
Dentists are highly trained medical professionals. Dentists spend many years preparing for the practice of dentistry and are regulated by State Medical Boards. Most dentists hold either a dental surgery degree (D.D.S.) or the equivalent doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.). Good dentists take a personal interest in patients and their health. They are prevention oriented and use leading edge technology to diagnose and treat dental disease. The following information will provide a glimpse at the requirements to becoming a dentist and provide additional information on regulatory bodies and courses of study needed to becoming a licensed Dentist in the United States.
Dentists are responsible for maintaining the overall health of their patients. Dentists perform many tasks such as making diagnoses, analyzing x-rays, performing prophylactic procedures and also performing corrective procedures as a result of disease, accident or injury.
To become a Dentist in the United States a person must at a minimum attend three years of undergraduate training. Most U.S. Dental Schools require at least a 4 year bachelor's degree from an accredited college. While there is no mandatory course of study to enter dental school, most undergraduate courses of study include courses that are considered "pre-dental". These include organic chemistry, biology, and physics to name a few. These courses are considered prerequisites and prepare the student for the DAT (Dental Admissions Test), which is required by virtually all Dental Schools in the U.S.. Once the student passes the rigorous requirements and gains admission into dental school the training and studies intensify. Dental school is four academic years in duration and is similar to medical school. Two years are focused on basic medical and dental science which is then followed by two years of clinical training. Prior to graduation every dental student must successfully complete the National Board Dental Examination Part I and II. Part I is normally taken at the end of the second year of study. Part I covers anatomic sciences, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology and dental anatomy. Part II is taken usually at the end of the fourth year of study. Part II covers many courses directly applicable to dentistry. These include areas such as pharmacology, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, oral pathology and radiology.
Professional & Postgraduate Training:
After graduation from dental school most new dentists go directly into practice while a small percentage apply to residency programs. These residency programs are normally associated with hospitals. The hospital environment provides the forum for a wide variety of advanced treatments to be learned and applied to patients including trauma, critically ill and medically compromised patients. This experience coupled with rotations through various hospital departments provides the grounds for a deeper level of knowledge and experience.
Date of Graduation from Dental School:
The date the dentist graduated may be important to you as it will provide a reasonable reference as to the time the dentist has been practicing. This time would be inclusive of internship and residency programs.
Specialty & Certification:
Following dental school, dentists sometimes choose a specific area or "specialty" of dentistry, such as Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dentists can take a board certification exam in their specialty to indicate they have completed a higher standard of educational training, though it is not required. If UCHC was able to obtain Board Certification information from public sources, we indicate that by inserting the word "yes" under Board Certification. If UCHC was not able to obtain Board Certification information from public sources, then we indicate that by inserting the word "unknown". There are numerous different certification boards in the United States and the standards of some might be greater than others, the actual verification of a dentist's board certification is best accomplished by contacting the individual certifying specialty board.
State Dental Board public action data is provided, if it is available, for the state in which the dentist practices or has practiced. UCompareHealthCare makes every effort to ensure that this data is up to date in accordance with what is reported by the state medical board. The scope of this data varies by state, but generally it covers actions inclusive of:
- Actions taken by the State Medical Board
- Criminal convictions
- Administrative actions
If a dentist has an action, please read the attached PDF to determine its nature. An action is not necessarily the result of wrong doing or negligence.
We do not report malpractice claims. However, if a claim of malpractice is included in the state medical board action documents then those claims will be reported. If criminal convictions are available we will report them as well.