Dental Schools

A dental school is a third in level academic institution or part of such an institution—that educate dentistry to potential dentists. After achievement of Dentistry, the graduate receives a degree in Dentistry, which, depending upon the authority might be a

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree
  • Professional degree
  • Or a Doctorate.

Schools can also offer

  • Postgraduate teaching in general dentistry
  • training in endodontics
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Oral pathology
  • Oral and maxillofacial radiology
  • Orthodontics
  • Pedodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics or dental public health.

In the European Union,

  • Dental assistants
  • Dental hygienists
  • Dental nurses
  • Dental technicians
  • Dental therapists

 Or other individuals of the dental auxiliary will teach in universities of applied science or polytechnics.

Now and then dental education done within the schools, for example Pakistan the separation between medical and dental scholastic is also unable to see inside certain subspecialties, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Dental Degrees

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
  • Doctor of Dentistry (DD)
  • Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DrMedDent)
  • Bachelor of Dentistry (BDent)
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS or BChD or BDentS)
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc or BDentSc)
  • Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science (B OH DSc)
  • Graduate Diploma in Dentistry (Grad Dip Dent)

Postgraduate degrees

  • Master of Science (MS or MSc)
  • Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD)
  • Master of Medical Science (MMSc)
  • Master of Dentistry (MDent)
  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent)
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS)
  • Master of Dental Science (MDSc)
  • Fellow College of Physician and Surgeons (FCPS)
  • Doctor of Dental Science (DDSc)
  • Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of dentistry


The recognized certification in some US universities are

  • Certificate, GPR/AEGD/Dental Anesthesiology
  • Certificate, Endodontics/Prosthodontics/Periodontics/Orthodontics/Dental Public Health/Pediatric Dentistry/OMS (CODArecognized specialty programs)
  • Commonwealth postnominals
  • In Commonwealth countries, the Royal Colleges of dentistry (or Faculty of Dentistry of the College) awards postnominals upon completion of a series of examinations.
  • Fellow of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons (FDSRCS)
  • Membership in Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College Surgeons (MFDS RCS)
  • Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS)
  • Membership in Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (MRACDS)
  • Membership in Orthodontics, Royal College of Surgeons (M.Orth RCS)
  • Fellow of Royal College of Dentists of Canada (FRCD(C))
  • Member of Royal College of Dentists of Canada (MRCD(C))
  • Fellow College of Physician and Surgeons, Bangladesh (FCPS)
  • Fellow College of Physician and Surgeons, Pakistan (FCPS)

Dental Specialties

US, Canada, India and Australia offer 9 recognized well known courses in dentistry.

  • Orthodontics: 2–3 years
  • Endodontics: 2–3 years
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery: 4–6 years
  • Periodontics: 3 years
  • Prosthodontics: 2–3 years
  • Maxillofacial prosthodontics 1 year
  • Oral and maxillofacial radiology: 3 years
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology: 3–5 years
  • Pediatric Dentistry: 2–3 years
  • Dental public health: 3 years

Dental specialties not recognized in the US: 

  • Anesthesiology:  2–3 years
  • Oral medicine: 2–4 years
  • Special needs dentistry 3 years
  • Cosmetic Dentist

United States

Dental graduates have the choice of pursuing special training. Presently, the American Dental Association officially recognizes 9 specialties:

  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics

1139 schools and colleges offering Dental program in the United State of America.

  • Certificate program in Dental : 681 Schools
  • Associate Degree in Dental : 304 Schools
  • Doctorate in Dental : 64 Schools
  • Bachelor Degree in Dental : 43 Schools
  • Via distance education in Dental : 31 Schools

Dental program offering schools by State