When a person graduates from a dental school, he/she is granted the degree of DDS or DMD. This refers to Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine. The degrees are equivalent and vary only because of the granting college or university.
A dentist holding such a degree and practicing in all phases of dentistry is said to be practicing General Dentistry, or is a General Dentist. This person is also sometimes referred to as a G.P., or General Practitioner.
Dentists may also take additional years of education after receiving the DDS or DMD in one of the recognized specialties, and receive an advanced degree in that specialty. Once this dentist passes a specialty licensing examination in Illinois, the doctor may then announce to the public that he/she is a specialist in that field.
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