Is a DDS or a DMD better?


Some dentists list a DDS and others list a DMD after their name. It can be confusing to know which is better. Should you choose a dentist with a DDS or DMD? Actually, a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and a DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. Specific universities may choose one title over the other; however, dentists are taught comparable material.

What does a dentist do?

Dr. Cox, who has a DDS, is trained in numerous oral health areas. To name a few, Dr. Cox can diagnose diseases of the mouth, develop customized treatment plans, monitor oral health development, perform surgical procedures, promote oral health, and manage emergency dentistry care. Additionally, your overall health can be compromised if an infection spreads from your mouth to the rest of your body. Dr. Cox can help prevent this.

Is a dentist a Medical Doctor?

Dentists and doctors are alike in that they both promote overall health and prevention of illness. Similarly, they both attend undergraduate college for four years and graduate school for four years. However, a DDS or a DMD specializes in treating the mouth from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry. Dentists can also specialize in specific areas including public health, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.


What procedures do dentists perform?

A DDS or a DMD perform a wide range of procedures that fall under two umbrellas: general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. General dentistry often includes: dental cleanings, exams, dental fillings, bridges, crowns, dentures, full mouth restoration, gum disease treatment, Invisalign, root canal treatment, sedation dentistry, TMJ treatment, and tooth extractions. Cosmetic dentistry typically addresses aesthetic concerns like bonding, dental implants, teeth whitening, and veneers.

If you have more questions about Dr. Cox or dentistry call Cox Family Dentistry. Also, if you have any other dental concerns or needs call Cox Family Dentistry and schedule an appointment today!

Dr. Cox Nominated for Texas New Dentist of the Year Award

Austin, TX – (August 15, 2017) – Nicholas Cox, DDS of Plano, Texas has been nominated by the North Texas Dental Society for the Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s (TAGD) Texas New Dentist of the Year Award. This award is considered the most prestigious honor a new dentist in Texas can earn.

Dr. Cox is one of only 13 dentists nominated for this year’s award. He and the other nominees will be honored at the Texas Academy Awards Pre-Party celebration Friday, September 22, during the TAGD’s annual Lone Star Dental Conference in Austin, Texas. Each nominee will be recognized and will receive an engraved plaque. The pre-party will conclude with the announcement of the 2017 Texas New Dentist of the Year and the presentation of the plaque to the winner.

Dr. Cox, originally from Nashville, TennesseeColleyville, Texas, received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University ofof Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2015. Upon graduation, Dr. Cox received the Comprehensive Dentistry Award which is presented to the graduating senior showing outstanding patient care, superior clinical skills and excellent clinical productivity. He is also the 2015 winner of the International Congress of Implantologists Predoctoral Achievement Award.

“Nick sees the importance of organized dentistry and is a natural leader,” said Dean Jensen, DDS, MSD. “His leadership was displayed in dental school where he served as his class representative all four years as well as when he served as the president of his dental fraternity, Xi Psi Phi.”

Dr. Cox proudly received the North Texas Dental Society’s New Dentist of the Year Award in 2017. As a new dentist, Dr. Cox sees the importance for patient-centered care. He believes the most successful dentists are the ones that find their place, their niche, and their market. Dr. Cox has found his place serving a wide variety of patients in Plano, Texas. Find out more about his practice by visiting

In his spare time, Dr. Cox enjoys Life Group involvement at Legacy Church and spending time with his wife Allie Cox, DDS. Together the pair of dentists enjoy traveling and playing with their dog, Penny. He also is a casual softball player and a notoriously bad golfer.

The Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s mission is to help general dentists to succeed. It is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists who are the primary care providers for patients of all ages and are responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. Its nearly 2,700 members partner together to help guide the journey of Fellowship, Mastership, and Life Long Learning in order to provide quality dental care in general practice. For more information about the TAGD, visit