How To Become A Dentist
If you want to know how to become a dentist, remember that it will take a few years. You will have to go to medical school, complete all coursework and pass the dental medical examination. As a dentist, you will diagnose and treat gum diseases, tooth decay, and other diseases of the mouth. Dentists also extract teeth from the mouth and provide preventive services and oral hygiene advice to patients.
- Start out by earning a bachelor’s degree in a medical field or a medical related field to increase your chances to become a dentist. Take courses in biology, health and chemistry to help you prepare for medical school. Prepare also to take courses in statistics, biochemistry and physics to help you meet the prerequisites for dental school.
- Get ready to take the Dental School Admission’s Test (DSAT) to get you started on your way to become a dentist. Study for the four sections which will cover perceptual ability, quantitative reasoning, natural sciences, and reading comprehension. Pass the DSAT exam and send out applications to as many Medical Dental schools as you can.
- To become a dentist, you must complete all the dental courses at a four year school that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Learn dental anatomy, dental anesthesiology, radiology and periodontics in the first two years of dental school. Study how the clinical practice is operated and learn dental techniques that are used while under the supervision of a dentist. Master the dental skills that are used to treat patients and complete a dental internship in the last two years.
- All prospective dentists must take and past the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) to become a dentist and receive a state license. Pass part one and part two of the exam. Make sure you have completed all your state’s requirements after you have passed the exam. Start your own practice or join a dental group. These are the steps to take to become a dentist.