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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree

An introduction

Intro to Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree

The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine enrolled its first class in 1973. Since then, the program has evolved as ongoing research has advanced the field of dentistry. The School of Dental Medicine’s s mission and progressive vision allow the Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree program to flourish and provide quality educational experiences that are personalized for each of its successful graduates.

Pre-doctoral dental students participate in the SDM's six semester clinical curriculum. Early clinical experiences include observing and assisting upperclassmen in patient treatment. Following this first year, students begin to treat patients on a limited basis, performing primarily oral diagnosis, periodontal and operative dental procedures. After accumulating a “family” of patients, students are responsible for their complete care. During the semesters that follow, students continue to treat patients and rotate through the Oral Surgery, Emergency and Pediatric Clinics.

All senior dental students continue to treat patients in the Comprehensive Care Clinic and simultaneously participate in the Advanced Clinical Training Service (ACTS) program. This service learning program has been nationally recognized. ACTS is a cooperative effort between the School of Dental Medicine and community-based providers.

Students may be found in the simulation laboratory, where they learn dental procedures and the proper ergonomic positions that should be used during treatments. The SDM is set up for clinical functions that include general dentistry, endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, surgery, radiology, esthetic dentistry and specialized areas of pediatric care, geriatric care and special needs care.


Considering a Career in Dentistry?

A Dental Surgery Degree is right for you if:

  • You have an interest and ability in science
  • You have good manual dexterity
  • You like the idea of providing health care to people
  • You are a hard worker and are interested in owning your own business
  • You want to be a part of profession that continuously expands its scope of services and develops new methods to care for diverse populations
  • You want to be part of a profession that has prestige and respect

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