What It Takes to Become a Dentist

Here at Oak Park Dental, we pride ourselves on the value we place on education. We truly believe that knowledge is power. If you are informed about your oral health, you can make better decisions for your care. That’s why we take the time to educate each of our patients  about their dental needs, their treatment options, and the methods we use, so that you can be informed and comfortable.

Our love of knowledge comes to us in part from our own educational experiences. Both of our excellent dentists in Madison have continued to seek out additional training and experience since earning their degrees, which is why we are able to offer such quality service to our patients.

So what expertise is Dr. Gyurina bringing to the table when she treats you? What does it take to become a dentist? And what does that mean for your care?

First, dental degrees are doctoral degrees, so the schooling and certification processes are long, rigorous and very thorough. A prospective dentist earns a bachelor’s degree in the field of his or her choice, then takes additional prerequisites and exams before applying to a post-graduate dental professional school. Admission to a dental program is very difficult, and acceptance is a prestigious accomplishment by itself.

Dental school lasts for four years, during which the student takes courses in subjects such as human anatomy, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, pathology and pharmacology. These courses enable the student to become familiar with all of the many applications and implications of dental care.  The student participates in clinical rotations to gain guided experience in a safe setting. Once all of the coursework has been completed, there are final exams and formal graduation, followed by board exams. Those who wish to specialize receive further training and experience, and must pass additional exams.

This extensive education all precedes the first time a dentist can ever treat their first patient. Our excellent dentist has accomplished all of this and more to become the strong, knowledgeable professionals she is. Dr. Gyurina has a special interest in TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) that she employs to help our patients who suffer from this debilitating condition.

Becoming a dentist is a long process. Our professionals have long since proven their aptitude and talent for dental care. With our emphasis on education, we can help you to receive the top-notch care you deserve, in a friendly, professional setting. Make an appointment today to see what Oak Park Dental can do for you.


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