To earn a specialized degree in dentistry, you will first need to complete a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DDM (Doctor of Dental Medicine)—both are the same accredited degrees for dentists. After that you can opt for a master’s degree or postgraduate certificate program featuring any of the following specialties you can choose from.
1. Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric dentistry is a specialty where students can become a general dentist for children and adolescents. This specialization focuses on treating all patients falling under this age category let it be healthy children or disabled and sick children. Both the certificate and master’s program should be designed in a way complying with the standards and criteria laid by American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
2. Oral and Maxillofacial Care
To become an oral and maxillofacial care surgeon you must obtain the required postgraduate certification or a master’s degree. This field involves learning to perform general and specialized surgeries with the help of anesthesia.
There are further variations too in this specialty itself. If you opt to go for oral and maxillofacial pathology, you will examine the nature and causes of different oral diseases along with their treatments through medications and surgeries. While if you want to grab a specialty in oral and maxillofacial radiology, you’ll need to learn the radiology techniques for treating oral and maxillofacial diseases.
On degree completion, interested students can also diversify their careers by adding research and teaching roles, while get to qualify to attain certification from American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.
A periodontist specializes in treating jaw and gum or periodontal diseases. The program coursework contains the research and clinical experiences along with dental implantology, types of therapies and the related treatments.
In order to become an orthodontist, the relevant degree or certification will help you learn how to correct dental abnormalities. In the course program, you’ll learn about cranial and facial growth, and how to correct irregularities through required devices and surgeries.
To gain a master’s degree or specialization in endodontics, you’ll be required to learn the dental pulp disorders and treatments of root canal. Among other topics, you will also learn the structure of teeth and jaw. While as the program progresses, you will be introduced on how to perform advanced surgeries.
In a prosthodontics specialization, the dentist learns about different methods for replacing lost teeth. Topics in this program include fixing, removing and implanting prosthetics.
7. Dental Public Health
A master’s degree in dental public health is all about educating the community regarding dental problems plaguing the society and how to deal with them. In this program you will get aware with a number of dental terminologies, the tools used, and learning to keep equipment safe, sterilized and properly managed. The coursework and some practical scenarios will teach you how to prevent and manage different health hazards, and getting acquainted with chair-side dental assisting jobs.