DMD or DDS, What's The Difference? These are the doctoral degrees awarded upon completion of dental school in the United States. What's the difference? Basically there is no real difference. Schools across the country award either the DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or the DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine). Several years ago there was a movement in the academic community to increase the amount of medical training in dental school and make it more similar to the MD degree in medicine. Some school's adopted this new DMD program with additional medical training. Well, as the years passed, all programs pretty much have developed the same curriculum regardless of the degree awarded. So, there is no real difference.
Question: Is a DDS an Oral Surgeon? No. Oral Surgery is a Specialty of Dentistry requiring additional years of training.
I have a DMD from the University of Alabama. Other schools awarding the DMD are Harvard University, University of Connecticut, Medical College of Georgia, and several more.