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Patient FAQs

Answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

What resources are available for low cost dental care?
Click here for a list of clinics that offer affordable dental care.  



I need to find a Dentist in my area.  Can you help me?

Use the ADA Find-A-Dentist to search for dentists and specialists near you.



What are the dental specialties

Has your dentist referred you to a specialist?  What does that mean and what do they do?  Click here to see the 9 dental specialites recognized by the ADA and their descriptions.



How can I file a complaint?

Peer review is a process by which the dental profession reviews and resolves problems or misunderstandings

regarding dental treatment. Peer review exists for the benefit of the patient, the dentist, and the third-party. It can be initiated by a patient or a dentist.  If you wish to know more about Peer Review, contact the NDS office.


For information on filing a complaint with the Tennessee  Board of Dentistry, click here.


What is the difference between a DDS and DMD?
They are both degrees in general dentistry. Some dental schools give the DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree and others the DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry) degree.

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