Most dentists’ family care for adults and children, but a pediatric dentist focuses on the needs dental unique to infants, children and adolescents. These young people have mouths that are still growing and teeth are coming out and new ones are more likely to have certain types of injuries, and benefit from a different psychological approach. Become a pediatric dentist requires at least 10 years of education after high school.
Bachelor of Science
A dental practitioner must first obtain a bachelor of science, which is usually a 4 year program. The next course to take may be the option or premedical pre-dental while specializing in chemistry or biology. These races are not a requirement for admission to dental school, but the applicant must complete a certain number of courses in chemistry, organic chemistry, biology and physics.
School of Dentistry
Then the student acquires a Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine accredited dental faculty. Both are 4-year programs and degrees are the same except for the title. The first two years of dental school focus on basic sciences in the field of dentistry, including biomaterials, oral anatomy and biochemistry, and histology. Students also take courses and dental technicians learn about nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, including pediatric dentistry. Over the next two years, students participate in intensive study and clinical dental practice.
Practice or residence
After graduation, new dentists are eligible to obtain a license, allowing them to practice in your specific state. A graduate interested in becoming a pediatric dentist can opt for general practice for a number of years before returning to college, or continuing to a residence immediately after dental school. Pediatric residency programs usually last two years and in 2009; more than 30 states had powers offered pediatric residences.
During the pediatric residency, the student learns the diagnostic and surgical procedures specific to advanced young patients. The course includes biostatistics, epidemiology, oral pathology, radiology and pharmaceutical study. Students also learn about child psychology, relieving anxiety in children and the care of children with physical, mental or emotional needs. In addition, residents study clinical management, diagnosis of growth problems, emergency dentistry, oral trauma management, oral diseases of children, tooth replacement, conscious sedation and general anesthesia. They learn to use the equipment designed for small mouths of pediatric patients.
After graduating from the residency program, the new pediatric dentist is eligible to find a position in a pediatric dental practice or start their own business. A graduate of residence may decide at any time to obtain certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD, for its acronym in English) for additional credentials. This requires a rigorous examination process. Pediatric dentists must also provide a continuation of their education, whether formal or individually, in order to keep up with advances in the field. The ABPD makes continuous training sessions every spring, changing city every time.