What Does DMD Stand For?

Group of dentists at Dental Partners of Boston

At Dental Partners of Boston, we’re proud to host some of Boston’s top dental professionals. We’ve brought together a select group with varying qualifications so that we have an expert for any dental service that you may require. Check out the Meet the Doctors page on our website to see the specializations and qualifications of each doctor. But what qualifications do those abbreviations indicate, and what do those qualifications tell you about our dentists’ education and experience? Here’s a translation.

D.M.D./D.D.S. – Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Surgery

D.M.D and D.D.S. are the same degrees that our dentists earned after four years of undergraduate education followed by four more years of dental school. Before a dentist can practice, he or she must pass qualification and licensing exams. Throughout their careers, they must meet continuing education requirements to ensure that they stay abreast of modern developments. These requirements are on par with those required for other types of doctors. Dr. Yael Frydman here at Dental Partners of Boston is a D.M.D. and specializes in orthodontics, or teeth-straightening services.

M.S.D. – Master of Dental Science

The degree is earned for specialized post-graduate training in a specific field of dentistry. Our own Dr. Sergio Guzman, for example, is a M.S.D. in Periodontics. This means he has studied the care of gum tissues and supportive bone structures of the mouth and jaw.

C.A.G.S. – Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

This certification is earned by an advanced post-graduate program that focuses on developing clinical care skills in a specific area of dentistry. C.A.G.S. programs are tailored to ensure that recipients are experts in the practice of specialized dentistry. At Dental Partners of Boston, Dr. Carolina Mujica and Dr. Maria Cardenas each have a C.A.G.S. in restorative dentistry. This means they provide cosmetic dentistry needs for those who have damaged teeth, jaws, or faces. Dr. Gustavo Infante has a C.A.G.S. in prosthodontics, which makes him a specialist in attaching dental implants for missing teeth.

M.M.Sc. – Master of Medical Science

These are advanced post-graduate programs focusing on the development of clinical and research/training skills. In other words, creating dentists who are both experts of dental care and also highly knowledgeable in their specialized care. We at Dental Partners of Boston have three recipients of this special qualification: Dr. Michael G. O’Toole, and Dr. Priyank Taneja. All three specialize in prosthodontics, or the making and attaching of dental implants.

M.Sc.D. – Master of Science in Dentistry

Similar to the M.S.D. above, this degree indicates post-graduate training in a specialized field of dentistry. Our own Dr. Barry Goldberg possesses a M.Sc.D. in endodontics, making him an expert in the dental pulp, or the sensitive tissues in the center of the tooth. He treats damaged teeth with root canal therapy and other similar techniques.

At Dental Partners of Boston, we’ve brought together a wide variety of some of Boston’s top dentists. Contact us or visit our website to see how we can bring our expertise to bear to help you with your specific dental needs.

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