What is Operative Dentistry?
A CONFUSING POST GRADUATE DENTAL PROGRAM
It is often thought that operative dentistry involves some surgical aspect in dentistry, however, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Every time I am asked what my specialty is and my response is ‘operative’, even when I’m having this discussion with dental professionals, I’m always asked this question. ‘What part of oral and maxillofacial surgery does that involve’ or ‘so what exactly do you do?’.
So what is Operative Dentistry?
There are a few programs nationwide and some of the programs I am more familiar with are the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (because that’s where I did my residency), the University of Indiana, the University of Iowa, and the University of Florida.
What Is It Comprised Of?
Is It Right For You?
Due to the length of training, I would recommend doing a two-year AEGD versus a one-year program. Remember that not all programs are created the same, like every other specialty in dentistry.