What Schooling Does a Dentist Need?

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When you’re at the dentist’s office, laying in the reclined chair with the light overhead and getting ready to get some dental work done, we bet knowing that your dentist went to a good school and has years of training and experience would help you feel a whole lot better about what’s to come. You can rest assured knowing that not everyone can just open up a dental practice and that being a dentist requires years of education and training.

Dental School

Program Accreditation

Folks who want to be dentists have to attend a dental school for four years. Some soon-to-be dentists attend dental school while earning a bachelor’s degree while others attend after completing their undergraduate studies. These programs must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation in order for their students to become licensed dentists.

Student Application & Acceptance

Getting into dental school is no easy feat. In order to be enrolled, one must have a high grade point average, pass the Dental Admission Test (DAT), and nail interviews with school instructors. Once in dental school, prospective dentists work intensely on their coursework in classes and in lab settings. Students in dental school also spend time working in actual dental offices to ensure mastery and readiness for their careers.

Steps After Graduation

Licensure

In order to actually start practicing dentistry, graduates have to get a license, which entails passing written tests and exams. Dental licenses must be obtained from the National Board Dental Examination, and dentists must participate in continuing education to keep their dental license.

Optional Specialization

A dental school graduate can go into general dentistry or pursue a specialized field, such as orthodontics or pediatrics. Specialists must continue their education for an additional 14 months to 6 years in the form of certificates, master’s or doctoral degrees, and residency programs, depending on the field.

We Offer Dental Care of the Highest Quality

At Villa Vista Dental, we hold ourselves to high standards when it comes to education and training. Our dentist, Dr. Ricky Tin, continually pursues advanced postdoctoral coursework, and he has completed over 500 hours of continuing education. We keep up with the latest dental advancements so you will continue to receive the highest level of care possible.

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Stress-Free Dental Office

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In a lot of ways, stress can be seen as a part of modern day living. We stress about work, about our relationships; some of us stress about everything! Studies show that a huge percentage of people (up to 75% of all Americans!) also feel some anxiety about visiting the dentist. At Villa Vista Dental we understand the stresses we all feel in our day-to-day living, but we go out of our way to make your dental visits as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Friendly Team

Everyone at Villa Vista Dental is dedicated to making sure all of our patients have a pleasant dental experience from start to finish. Dr. Tin, our administrative personnel, dental hygienists, and dental assistants are all here to help all of our patients feel at ease.

If you’re feeling anxious about your appointment or any upcoming procedures, talk to us! We are happy to talk you through it, helping to mitigate any stress you may feel from the fear of the unknown. The more you know, the more confident you will feel!

Advanced Technology

Our dentist Dr. Tin is dedicated to staying up-to-date on advancements in dental technology and treatments to provide you with the highest quality, most gentle and convenient care possible. Our office has the latest in dental equipment, including Galileos® 3D imaging, which allows us to get a complete view of your entire mouth in one pass, and CEREC® same-day dentistry, a revolutionary system that enables Dr. Tin to create and place dental crowns in the same visit.

Office Amenities

Our philosophy at Villa Vista Dental is that going to the dentist shouldn’t be a stressful experience. Even our own Dr. Tin had his share bad dentist experiences and struggled with “dental phobia” so he has designed our office with your comfort in mind.

The following amenities are available at Villa Vista Dental:

  • Blankets & Pillows
  • Complimentary Beverage Bar
  • Free WiFi & iPads
  • LED TVs with Netflix & Hulu Plus

Check out our office tour to get a better idea of what’s available to help make you feel comfortable when you come to Villa Vista Dental!

Convenient Hours

Between work, chores, family and/or social responsibilities, it might seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything. Although it can be tempting to avoid the dentist because you think you don’t have the time, Villa Vista Dental is committed to your smile, and we are open both early and late to accommodate you!

Are you an early bird? Come visit us on a Monday, Thursday, or Friday when Villa Vista Dental opens at 8 a.m. Is an evening appointment more your speed? Our office is open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We even have Saturday hours (by appointment only).

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