Stephen F. Austin State University

Pre-Dentistry

OVERVIEW:

A dentist has earned a degree as either a doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) or a doctor of dental medicine (D.D.M.). Dentists examine and treat diseases, injuries, and malformation of teeth, guns and mouth. They can enhance the appearance of their patients through dental techniques such as braces, dentures, or dental surgery. Ninety percent of dentists are general practitioners and are usually self-employed. Dentists supervise the work of the dental health care team and have final responsibility for all dental services being provided.

Admission to dental schools requires a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit from an accredited college. Ninety-five percent of applicants have a bachelor's degree in a scientific field. Graduation from an accredited school of dentistry usually takes about four years. Specialization requires additional years of training.

Dentists in the State Of Texas must hold a degree from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) and must pass a national board examination, a clinical examination, and a specialty examination. They must also be licensed by the state of Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

Texas Workforce Commission reports the average salary of all general dentists in Texas is $86,740. Specialists earn more.

Related career opportunities within the general field of dentistry include dental assistant, dental laboratory technician, and dental hygienist.

Click on the following to link to Texas Dentistry schools:

Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

University of Texas Houston Health Science Center

Click on the following link to view the pre requisite courses for admission to dental schools

Dental Pre Requisite Courses