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Also... compared to family or internal medicine, as a dentist you actually get to DO PROCEDURES everyday (not just bang on knees, clean wax out of ears, or prescribe drugs all day), much like a surgeon (Doctor of Dental SURGERY:) ). Plus you don't have to do the 5+ years of crappy residency like surgeons do :D .

 

I don't know about any other aspiring dentists, but family medicine has no appeal to me.

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For me, I also like the fact that you get to do as many or as little procedures as you like. My dentist at home does a lot of procedures that other dentists wouldn't normally do because he wants to, so that flexibility appeals to me. Plus the business aspect and the flexibility of hours once you're an istablished dentists allows you to have other interests/hobbies/family that you wouldn't necessarily have as a doctor. Those just are some of my reasons.

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And as a dent you don't have to be on call...a bit more freedom to be a real person. I would never want to be a med. physician...even though countless people say I should be applying to both med and dent..It just has no appeal to me.

 

actually, i raised that point about not being on call and stuff, during my uwo interview. and the dentist sitting there responded with 'haha! yeah, wait till you become a dentist and recieve phone calls at 3 am in the morning, with people complaining about their minor tooth aches":p

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Well I've worked and shadowed several dentists and none of them have had that problem. Although...one oral surgeon I shadowed said that initially he used to get called when he had the voicemail forwarded to his pager, but now on their answering machine it says to contact the nearest hospital for emergencies...:rolleyes:

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Hey,

I think I'm in the opposite situation of you guys... my mom keeps suggesting that I apply to dentistry instead of med, every day she'll come home from work like "Today I was talking to my friend, a dentist, and she said that it's a lot better than being a doctor". I mean, first of all since when does she have all these dentist friends :confused:!

I guess my mom really thinks that being a doctor is too hard for a woman who wants to have a family, especially if i want to be a GP. And she keeps telling me about the salary. Honestly though, if it was all about the money I wouldn't consider going into med or dentistry. I'd be an investment banker or something :P.

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i think it simply boils down to the level of independance you wish to achieve. the first year or two of most med / dent school programs are identical, meaning you're learning the same physiology and anatomy. however, the practical portion of the education is where the professions diverge.

 

being an MD is a longer road, but for those DDS's that wish to pursue orthodontics or other specialties spend a significant amount of time afterwards as well. The thing about dentistry is that it affords you more independance, in that you need to establish a practice and build up your clientele (sp?). in that way, dent offers the health side + the business side for those that are attracted, which is great.

 

with med, there are an infinite number of possibilities. if you wanna be a GP, great, i shadow a GP and i think it is one of the greatest jobs. never boring, always different patients, and you can help anyone. but, if GP is not your thing, there is a whole host of specialties out there for you to explore. the number of options a MD graduate has is far greater than that of a DDS. that being said, the lifestlye of a specialist pales in comparison to a dentist. you usually work in a hopsital, odd hours, not much of a family life.

 

so, it's a trade off. but, you gotta pick whichever one you like and go with it. But, as our population ages, there is no doubt that an individual will be sucessful in either one.

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Yes, you can find yourself on call, but not to the same extent as in medicine. Some cities provide call year round at the hospital and all dentists there are responsible for a small chunk of time (for example, 2 separate 1-week long assignments). Some dentists will charge double to see the patient in the middle of the night- that helps to screen out patients that aren't in the "extreme pain" they may claim. Most unexpected dental issues can wait until the morning.

 

 

Just dump it off to the local hospital emerg, because dentist don't want to deal with night / weekend call. Or if there is a dental program (GPR, etc), just send it to them..... Many dentists don't take call........ Even though it is their patient.

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Restoration prep, Crown and bridges, I don't really consider that surgery, rather it's more like procedures.

 

You can argue about placement of dental implants and crown lengthening. I know there are dentists in the community do implant placement, crown lengthening. But how many family dentists perform FGG, CT graft, etc.

 

Yet, GTR, osseous regeneration, setting fractures, Orthognathic surgery. Those I would consider surgery, but then you need specialty training. But that is just my personal 0.02

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