Pre-Dentistry

Dentistry is a challenging and rewarding field. Dentists help their patients in a variety of ways, by maintaining good oral health through regular checkups and preventative care, and correcting conditions that cause pain or impede daily activities such as eating. Dentists also have a creative side, helping their patients achieve a beautiful smile through restorative work and other cosmetic procedures. Many dentists go into private practice, but the field offers a variety of options, including clinical, academic and research opportunities.

About Dentistry

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dentistry is defined as the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and associated structures. Dentists lead teams to provide preventative and restorative care to keep people healthy, alleviate pain, and treat patients' oral health needs. Dentists are instrumental in the early detection of oral cancers and systemic conditions that manifest in the mouth and that can affect the overall health of patients.

In addition to private practice, today's dental school graduates can choose to work in hospital emergency rooms, conduct advanced laboratory research, teach future dentists or even travel the world with international health and relief organizations.

Other careers in dentistry include:

Take the first step toward becoming a dentist

Your path to dental school begins by earning your undergraduate degree and completing any required prerequisite courses at Carroll University. Our advisors will work with you every step of the way to ensure your success. We also provide additional resources to help you build a strong graduate school application, research schools, prepare for graduate interviews and more.

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