As a part of the medical field, the dental profession is both a challenging and rewarding one. Our dentist are responsible for our oral health and well-being and are an important part of our lives. For those of you considering pursuing the dental profession, we encourage you to put time and thought into this decision. Here may be some things you want to start thinking about:
The biggest thing to keep in mind if you are considering becoming a dentist is the extensive educational requirements as there is with any medical field. First, you need your bachelor’s degree. While a pre-dental track or other related degree is helpful when you go onto dental school, it is not required.
Then, you will need to take the Dental Acceptance Test given by the American Dental Association, which is a five hour test on the natural sciences, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning. This is a portion of your dental school application.
Finally, once you have been accepted, dental school is your next hurdle to getting your doctoral degree. There are nine different speciality areas you can choose from currently recognized by the ADA. At last, you will need to get you license to practice. Specifics will vary from location to location. Learn more about specific requirements here.
Being a dentist is not just about the classes and teeth. It can be an both an interesting and intriguing field of medicine. One of the major benefits and challenges of the dental profession is that you see a broad range of patients. Instead of specializing in pediatric care or geriatric care, you see patients of all ages and background. This requires dentists to be well and broadly educated
Additionally, the field is constantly evolving and adapting as technology and techniques change. Your learning will never end. New technology will continue to make your job interesting, and new techniques will challenge you.
Being a dentist, or even a hygienist, can be an extremely rewarding profession. We may be biased, but the work done by dentists is critical to not just your oral health but your overall health as well. If you have questions about the dental profession, feel free to contact us at Masters Dental!