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What Is the Difference Between DMD & DDS?

June 24, 2018
by: Dr. Ammons

At Ammons Dental By Design, our team strives to provide you with the dental care you need to achieve your dream smile. No matter which of our five locations you visit — Camden, Downtown Charleston, James Island, Summerville, or Augusta – you can be confident that our dentists know what they’re doing! Today, we want to talk about the difference between the titles of “DDS” and “DMD” so you understand a bit more about a dentist's training.


Some dentists are listed as DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery), while some are described as DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine). So, what do you think the difference is, besides the name? If you answered nothing, you’re exactly right! Both DDS and DMD indicate the dentist graduated from an accredited dental school. Each school decides whether it will award a DDS or a DMD degree to its graduates. Thus, both degrees have the same education and curriculum requirements, with a slightly different name.

Our Dentists

All general dentists complete three to four years of an undergraduate degree and four years of dental school, and must pass both a national written exam and state clinical licensing exam to practice. But at Ammons Dental by Design, our dentists' training and education did not stop once they were awarded their dental degrees! They have completed post-graduate training to advance their knowledge and skills in several areas of dentistry, from dental implants to orthodontics to prosthodontics. As part of our dentists' commitment to providing the highest quality care to our patients, they complete countless hours of continuing education each year to stay up to date with the latest innovations in dental technology and treatment.

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No matter what your dental health needs are, our team can create an individualized treatment plan that gets you the results you want. Ask our friendly team any questions about our dentists, comprehensive family services, or payment options. We look forward to hearing from you!

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  • "I had a great experience getting my implant done here. The staff and Dr. Ammons have been great and everything was virtually painless. I definitely recommend them for all your dental needs."
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Multiple Convenient Dental Locations Near Charleston

Ammons Dental By Design has four locations so you can find the most convenient office for your family.
1015 Fair St.
Camden, SC 29020
Monday – Thursday:
8am – 5pm
P: (803) 969-0365
F: (803) 432-2625
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14 Lockwood Dr,
Charleston, SC 29401
(Suite A on the exterior of the Ashley House Building, across from the marina)
Monday – Thursday:
7am - 4pm
P: (843) 380-2734
F: (843) 577-4464
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1739-B Maybank Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29412
Tuesday – Friday:
7am - 4pm
P: (843) 380-8889
F: (843) 990-9504
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1710 Old Trolley., Ste.B
Summerville, SC 29485
Tuesday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Monday & Friday*: 8am – 5pm
*Rotating schedule
P: (843) 380-8904
F: (843) 871-0617
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