Maybe you’re interested in becoming a dentist. Maybe you’re looking for a top dentist with a great education and credentials. Or maybe you’re just curious about your practitioner’s background and training. Dentists receive a rigorous education to practice general dentistry. To offer specialized care, such as cosmetic dentistry or sleep apnea treatment, they undergo further training.
Dr. Matthew Bridges is a great example of this dedication to continuing education. Thanks to his training, the team at Chisholm Trail Smile Center is able to offer a wide range of unique services. Our Duncan, OK, patients benefit from our cosmetic treatments, state-of-the-art dental restorations, TMD treatment, and sleep apnea expertise.
Contact our office to learn more about Dr. Bridges’ education and how it can benefit you.
How long do dentists go to school?
Like most college graduates, dentists spend four years pursuing their undergraduate degree. Then they spend an additional four years in dental school. Some select programs combine undergraduate and graduate training into a single six-year program.
How much continuing education do dentists undergo?
A dentist’s education is never done. The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry requires that dentists undergo 40 hours of additional training every three years. Among other topics, this education must include training in opioids, CPR, and ethics.
But this is just the minimum. Many truly passionate dentists like Dr. Bridges undergo much more training, often focusing on areas of special interest.
What do all those letters mean after a dentist’s name?
Typically, you will see a dentist’s name followed by “DDS” or “DMD.” DDS is the abbreviation for “Doctor of Dental Surgery.” DMD represents “Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry” or “Doctor of Dental Medicine.”
So what’s the difference? Nothing! Different schools use different names for their degrees but the education and curriculum are identical.
What kind of training does a hygienist need?
Dental hygienists play a key role in your oral health. Typically, hygienists are the ones who will clean and polish your teeth at routine visits. Hygienists also prep patients for x-rays and treatment, and they may assist dentists during lengthier or more involved procedures.
A hygienist also undergoes extensive training, although it is not as rigorous as a dentist’s education. Hygienists are required to have an associate’s degree, as well as a state license. However, many hygienists – like our own beloved Michelle – have a bachelor’s degree, as well. Like dentists, hygienists are required to take continuing education courses.
What is Dr. Bridges’ educational background?
Dr. Bridges received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and worked in software development. Realizing his love for dentistry, he decided to change careers. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Bridges has a keen interest in related health conditions, such as TMJ Disorder and sleep apnea. Thanks to his many additional hours of training, he has been named a Qualified Dentist by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has also completed the renowned Dawson Academy continuum to combine the practical side of dentistry with practice philosophy.
Contact a Highly Trained and Experienced Dentist
If you are looking for a dentist who is dedicated to education and training, you have come to the right place!
Schedule an appointment at Chisholm Trail Smile Center online or call us at 580-255-4880.