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Dentists are licensed practitioners who hold either a doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) degree or the equivalent doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.) degree. Becoming a dentist requires a minimum of two years of predental college work followed by four years of dental school. However, almost all students entering dental school have a baccalaureate degree.

The first two years of dental school consist largely of basic and preclinical sciences. The last two years are spent primarily in dental practice under faculty supervision. State licensure is then acquired by passing national and state board examinations. Dentists like arizona's best dentists who wish to specialize spend two or more years in advanced training. To become board-certified they must then pass an examination administered by a specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association. The eight recognized specialties are:

* Dental public health: Prevention and control of dental disease and promotion of community dental health
* Endodontics: Prevention and treatment of diseases of the root pulp and related structures (root canal therapy)
* Oral and maxillofacial pathology: Diagnosis of tumors, other diseases, and injuries of the head and neck
* Oral and maxillofacial surgery: Tooth extractions; surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects of the mouth, jaw, and face
* Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics: Diagnosis and correction of tooth irregularities and facial deformities
* Pediatric dentistry: Dental care of infants and children
* Periodontics: Treatment of diseases of the gums and related structures
* Prosthodontics: Treatment of oral dysfunction through the use of prosthetic devices such as crowns, bridges, and dentures
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