Dentists evaluate, diagnose, prevent, and treat diseases and disorders that contribute to our oral and overall health. The future of dentistry is bright, with technology and research playing significant roles in dental practice. A dentist can be an independent entrepreneur, able to balance work and personal life with a private or a shared practice, or focus on research or surgery as specialties.
To become a dentist, completion of a graduate dental school program is required, plus clinical practice in an educational setting, before passing licensing exams.
In order to be admitted to dental school, prospective students without the required undergraduate sciences can take advantage of the Pre-Dental path in UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program.
A Note from Your Advisor:
Dentistry is a career that offers greater independence from insurance limitations and lends itself to independent practice. Manual dexterity and a flare for art fit nicely. Shadowing one or more dentists is highly recommended. Given the relationship between medicine and dentistry, the curriculum is similar, and some institutions that offer both programs combine medical and dental students in the first year. Pre-Dental students at UVM are eligible for the Committee Letter Process, just as Premedical students are.
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