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While the Health Profession Program advisors work with Pre-Dental students in all the same ways they work with students interested in the MD path, Dartmouth is extremely fortunate to have a wonderful ancillary advisor, Dr. Tanner Wallace. If you are curious about exploring dentistry, feel free to contact him directly!

What Do Dentists Do?

Dentists typically do the following:

  • Remove decay from teeth and fill cavities
  • Repair cracked or fractured teeth and remove teeth
  • Place sealants or whitening agents on teeth
  • Administer anesthetics to keep patients from feeling pain during procedures
  • Prescribe antibiotics or other medications
  • Examine x rays of teeth, gums, the jaw, and nearby areas in order to diagnose problems
  • Make models and measurements for dental appliances, such as dentures, to fit patients

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pre-Dental Requirements

Prerequisites: ADEA Application Prep

Application: Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)

Entrance Exam: Dental Admission Test (DAT)

*Check out: DAT Study Tips from Ryan Lisann '15

Dental Education

Possible Degrees: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and/or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

Years of Study: 4 years for general dentistry. Additional training requires a 2- to 4-year residency program related to a specialty.

Specialties: Dental public health specialists, endodontists, oral and maxillofacial radiologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, oral pathologists, orthodontists, pediatric dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Last Updated: 11/28/18