A diverse discipline that combines both manual dexterity as well as knowledge of the human body in helping people in the care of teeth, gums and the mouth. Academic programs and information. Most dentists have private offices and can specialize in general dentistry, orthodontics (specializing in the area of bite and bite integrity) , periodontics (specializing in the area of gums), endodontic (specializing in the area of root and surrounding tissues)
Most programs offer the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) where others offer the Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree. Admission to the DMD program, require three years of undergraduate studies or preferably a BSc degree. However, due to the competitive nature of the program many of the applicants have MSc and even Ph.D degrees.
Usually, the DMD program involves two years of didactic courses (physiology, pathology, oral biology) and two years of both didactics and practicums.
Undergraduate programs are usually four year programs (with the exception of the University of Pacific in California.
The Dental Aptitude Test is a requirement. The Canadian DAT and American DAT are different in structure. The Canadian DAT has a carving component where as the American DAT does not. The Canadian DAT is accepted in the US but the American DAT is not accepted by the Canadian schools.
Extra curricular activities are becoming increasingly important for admissions due to high number of competitive applicants. Here are some things you can do to improve our application:
Try to get involved in research and possibly publish your work;
Try to get a MSc in a dentistry related fields e.g. Oral Biology;
Try to volunteer with a dentist or a dental specialist General tips
Try to enroll in an undergraduate degree where you can earn a high GPA and be more competitive for Dental School Admissions. Professional Degrees like Pharmacy may provide a fall-back option in case of rejection from Dental School. However, it is a trade off as achieving high marks in a professional degree like Pharmacy is more difficult and may compromise your GPA making your application less competitive.
It is crucial to apply to American Schools early in the application cycle. The American Dental School admission class works on a ‘rolling admission basis’ which means one has a much higher chance of getting in if you apply early.
One needs to apply for 15-10 schools in order to receive around 7 interviews and ultimately one admission. Don’t apply only to your dream school but also to the school that you have a better chance of getting into.
Canadian Dental Schools used to be relatively cheaper compared to the American Schools. However, in the recent years the average tuition to a Canadian Dental Schools is between $40,000-50,000. So draw up a good financial plan beforehand.
Myths about Dental School Admission
Admission committees only look at the last two years of the undergraduate degree marks. Our experts advise that due to extreme competition, every mark counts. Study hard from the very first day and aim to score high for every course that you take in University
Admission process is fair and unbiased. The reality is that no schools admissions procedures are 100 unbiased. If there is one more spot to be filled and you may have a similar application to two or three other applications you need to have an edge. Having connections in the dental community (i.e working with a dentist, a faculty member etc) may simply provide you with that edge.