Research experience is
not a requirement for admission to dental school, but may add an extra layer to
your application if the institutions you are applying to have a research focus,
or if you are particularly interested in research.
Most schools recognize
that it is not possible for all students to have research experience prior to
dental school, as not all undergraduate institutions have research
opportunities available to students. You should do research if you are
interested by it, not solely to enhance your application to dental school.
While many students think that lab research is most important, experience with
social science research is just as fascinating and valuable.