On one level, dentists are not different from "normal" specialists – they just specialize in treating teeth. On another level, they're different:
- Many universities have separate faculties of dentistry and of medicine
- Dentists get their own special degrees, e.g. MDS, MDent
Question: why are dentists so special? As far as I'm aware, the other specialists (anesthesiologist, neurologist, urologist …) all start out the same. They take the same classes at university, graduate as GPs, do some years of housemanship, and eventually specialize. Why doesn't the same apply to dentists? Is there something special about teeth that makes it impractical or unnecessary to start as a GP before specializing in dentistry?