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Which bachelor degree is the best for dentistry ?

  1. Sep 2, 2010 #1
    I am a 2nd year university student. I want to go into dentistry after I get my bachelor but I am not sure which degrees would be the best for it.

    I am thinking of mechanical engineering because material(silicons and metals) background is useful. Also, part of dentistry to make client's teeth so I think mechanical background would be helpful again.

    Please let me know. As soon as I know what degrees to pursue, it would be life changing !!
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  3. Sep 2, 2010 #2


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    Dentists, at least in the US, do not make teeth or other prosthetics, that work is sent to labs that specialize in making them.

    I would suggest that you find out more about which line of dentistry you wish to go into, family dentistry, cosmetic, periodontist, prostodontist, orthodontist, etc... and then speak to your school counselor to get suggestions for appropraite undergrad courses.
  4. Sep 2, 2010 #3
    I dont see how mechanical engineering would be much useful to get into dentistry. My cousin is actually taking his DDS at the University of Toronto and got his degree in Biochemistry.
  5. Sep 2, 2010 #4
    Here are the admission requirements for his school. No wonder he took biochemistry lol http://www.utoronto.ca/dentistry/admissions/DDSLit2011.pdf [Broken]

    You will also need to take a specific admission test before applying.
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  6. Sep 2, 2010 #5
    A lot of schools offer Pre-dental programs, which are usually biology degrees.
  7. Sep 2, 2010 #6
    I've always had a question about these pre- schools. They're suppose to prepare you for specific future studies, yet then how come there are often these stats showing that pre-meds and pre-law students are usually the ones that do worse at MCATs and LSATs respectively?
  8. Sep 2, 2010 #7


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    Sometimes it's interesting the breadth of questions that come up on these forums. One might wonder how physicists would be in a position to give advice about the entrance requirements for dentistry... but I guess there are a lot of students or previous students who have explored the options available to them.

    Like medicine, for dentistry you generally don't need a specific degree to get in. Rather, you have to complete a set of prerequisite courses. These are likely to vary from school to school so it's worth your while to look them up at a few dentistry schools that you might be interested in attending and cover your bases. Beyond that, the degree is up to you.

    Some people use a strategy of taking the easiest courses they can beyond the prerequisits to bump up their average and don't really care what they're learning so long as they get an A average.

    Others look at the first degree as an an opportunity to establish a backup plan. Their path may not be as easy, but if they don't get into dentistry/medicine/law/grad school, they have a field they would be happy to enter - and sometimes even discover that other field is really where they belong anyway.
  9. Sep 12, 2010 #8
    Yeah, I agree with you on the last paragraph. I entered civil engineering because I want to do masters of architeture at UofT after I graduate from University of Waterloo.

    But I think architeture is more close to art than engineering, and I am not really an artist.
    Right now civil engineering is more of a backup plan, but it is not something I would like to do in the future.
  10. Sep 12, 2010 #9
    Thank you so much. How did you find it ? I even contacted the UofT admission ppl and they did not even mention anything about this.

    Is there I should know more if I want to go into dental school ?
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  11. Sep 12, 2010 #10
    I don't understand why someone would get a degree in something they don't like. That is just beyond me.
  12. Sep 12, 2010 #11
    Because they know better in the 1st place. lol It is true and pretty common in many programs
  13. Sep 12, 2010 #12
    Alright then. Have a nice life doing something you don't like.
  14. Sep 19, 2010 #13
    http://www.utoronto.ca/dentistry/ [Broken]
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