Ever thought of becoming a dentist or wondered what education and training your dentist needed to go through to be able to perform?
You may be surprised at how much education and training is involved in becoming a dentist. Contrary to what you may think, dentistry is a highly specialize medical field that has numerous educational, training and licensure requirements.
Many dentists start their journey by getting a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. After getting their bachelor’s degree, aspiring dentists must apply to and get accepted into a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.
The application process to dental school involves the sending of transcripts, cover letters, letters of recommendation and the taking of the Dental Admission Test. College GPA and the student’s score on the Dental Admission Test play big roles in whether an applicant is accepted to a dental school. Dental schools that are more competitive will require higher GPAs and higher test scores.
According to Dentistry Today, the average college GPA of dental school applicants was 3.26. It is estimated that now students should have a GPA of at least 3.5. The scores of the two-part Dental Admission Test was 18.9 in 2010.
The competition to get into dental school (especially the more prestigious ones) continues to be high. In fact, each dental school applicant sent out an average of 10 applications in 2014.
Once accepted into dental school, it takes four years for students to obtain their doctorate degree in either dental surgery (DDS) or dental medicine (DMD). Both degrees require two years of classroom and lab work and two years of hands-on experience in a dental clinic.
Once a dental student graduates from dental school, he or she must sit and take the National Board Dental Examination as well as pass their state’s clinical examinations. No dentist is allowed to practice without a license.
After getting his or her license to practice dentistry, the dentist must regularly obtain a certain amount of continuing education credits to keep their license current. The number of continuing educational credits required for a dentist to keep his or her dental license will vary by state. Our dentist, Jared Smith, DMD, and our dental hygienists, for example, must complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years.
Why Jared Smith, DMD is an Expert Dentist in Canon City, CO
At Jared Smith DMD, our dentist and dental hygienists have fifty years of experience in the dentistry field and have specialize skills and certifications in such areas as nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation, local anesthetic, digital radiography, and advanced periodontal therapy, Cerec design and Invisalign.
Dr. Jared Smith, and his team of dental hygienists are not only current in their licenses and certifications, but we each strive to provide a better experience for our patients by continuing our education and knowledge in the dental field. We don’t continually challenge and expand our knowledge of dental technology and techniques for the sole purpose of satisfying our certification and licensing requirements, but because we fully believe that each of our patients deserve the best dental care possible.
When you contact us to schedule an appointment, you know that your dental care will be in the safe hands of a trained, experienced dental professional.