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Do you think dentistry is unnecessarily academic?

Do you think dentists are being over-trained academic side of things? I mean for general dentists, their job description isn't very vast, cavity filling, sealant application, etc. I mean, it doesn't 'feel' like an academic field, it's like if a butcher learnt the anatomy of an animal. If you feel that its necessary for dentists to like all that academic work, do you think it's possible to be able to perform dentistry like a properly trained dentist with only practical education? (say if dentist shortages in war, poor countries, etc)

Asked By: - 4/5/2012
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YOU ARE WRONG IN YOUR THINKING FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS: A DENTIST IS A SPECIALIZED DOCTOR OF THE MOUTH. TO UNDERSTAND ALL THE FACTS IN DOING THIS PROFESSION A WIDE ARRAY OF EDUCATION IS REQUIRED... More
Answered By: Dr. Albert, DDS, (USA) - 4/5/2012
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Dentistry is necessarily academic... More
Answered By: Phu Hnin - 4/5/2012
 
There is a lot more to dentistry than just filling cavities and applying sealants... More
Answered By: Carolyn - 4/5/2012
 
if dentists aren't taught to be academic, who will do research in dentistry? a dentist is not a tooth mechanic--they are a licensed surgeon. Now 99% of the time it may not seem so, but that 1% of the time where they recognize oddities or potential issues, you'll be VERY glad they were trained on the academic side.
Answered By: Hawkeyesrule - 4/5/2012
 
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