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The dentist is licensed by the Michigan Board of Dentistry to practice dentistry. The degrees D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery), and D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same. The difference is only a matter of semantics. The majority of dental schools award the D.D.S. degree; however, some award a D.M.D. degree. The education and degrees are the same. 

A general dentist in responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of all dental services related to an individual’s oral health. These dentists are trained on all dental procedures, choosing not to specialize in only one specific area of dentistry. 

Dental specialists are dentists who have received additional education and training after receiving licensure as a general dentist.

For more information on how to become a dentist, please visit the American Dental Association Web site.


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