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Summary

Dentist is skilled and licensed to diagnose,treat and prevent injuries and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth . They advice and instruct on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.They treat diseases and infection of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene.

Career Opportunities as a Dentist

  • Endodontics
    It is the branch of the dentistry that deals with the study and treatment of the dental pulp.It is the practice of basic clinical science including the biology of the normal pulp, diagnosis , treatment and prevention of diseases .Their job also includes treating the injuries of the pulp and they carry the root canal procedures.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
    It is the branch of dentistry that focuses on surgery to treat the diseases of the mouth, jaw and face.They carry out research and diagnose the diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical or other kind of examinations.
  • Orthodontics
    Orthodontics deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth , jaws and facial irregularities.
  • Pedodontics
    The branch of Dentistry that deals with the care for teeth, gums and mouth of children.
  • Periodontics
    The branch of dentistry concerned with the diseases related to the gum.They are trained in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating the periodontal disease. They are also trained to carry cosmetic periodontal procedures.
  • Prosthodontics
    Prosthodontics deals with the design, manufacture, and fitting of artificial replacements of teeth and other parts of the mouth.

How to Become a Dentist

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in Science with Biology streamGraduation Program 5 years BDS (4 Years of study + 1 Year Internship)Post Graduation Program 2 years MDSPost Graduation Program 2-3 years Ph.D
Path 2
Clear Class XII in Science with Biology streamGraduation Program 5 years BDS (4 Years of study + 1 Year Internship)Diploma/Post Graduation Diploma 1-2 years After BDSDiploma/Post Graduation Diploma 1-2 years After MDS

Important Facts

  • Most colleges have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%. Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit
  • Internship Is compulsory for BDS of 5 year program.

Leading Institutes

Top Dental Institutes in India
College Location Website
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences Delhi www.maids.ac.in
Manipal College of Dental Sciences Multiple locations www.manipal.edu
Government Dental College Mumabi www.gdcmumbai.org
Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George's Lucknow www.kgmu.org
PG Institute of Dental Sciences Rohtak www.pgimsrohtak.nic.in
SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad Dharwad www.sdmcds.org
Bapuji Dental College and Hospital Karnataka www.bapujidental.edu
Faculty of Dental Sciences, BHU, Varanasi Varanasi www.bhu.ac.in/ims/denistry/flist.htm
Government Dental College Nagpur www.gdchnagpur.com
Bharathi Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital Maharastra www.dchpune.bharatividyapeeth.edu
Dr. D Y Patil Dental College & Hospital Maharastra www.dental.dpu.edu.in
Mahe Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital, Mahe Puduchery www.mahedentalcollege.org
Sri Venkateshwara Dental College Puducherry Puduchery www.svdcpondy.com
Top Dental Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Dental School, Harvard University United States www.hsdm.harvard.edu
University of Otago New Zealand www.otago.ac.nz/courses/qualifications/mds.html
University of Michigan United States www.umich.edu
King's College London United Kingdom www.kcl.ac.uk/index.aspx
Karolinska University Sweden www.ki.se/en/dentmed/startpage
Tokyo dental and Medical University Japan www.tmd.ac.jp/english
Malmo University Sweden www.mah.se/odontology

Dental Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
P-MET April-June Physics, Chemistry and Bio www.bfuhs.ac.in/PMET2016/PMET16.asp
G-CET March-June Physics, Chemistry and Bio www.goacet.in
J&K BOPEE May- July Physics, Chemistry and Bio www.jakbopee.org/index.aspx
Assam -CEE March-June Physics, Chemistry and Bio www.assamcee.in
MHCET March-June Physics, Chemistry and Bio www.mhtcet2016.co.in
NEET May-June Physics, Chemistry and Bio www.cbseneet.nic.in/cbseneet/Welcome.aspx
Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
NEET-PG December Anatomy, Pathology, Surgery, etc. www.nbe.edu.in/neetpg

Work Description

  • Take care of the oral health of the patients of all ages
  • Specialise in teeth cleaning and polishing, cavity fillings, root canaling, tooth removing, teeth straightening and other issues related to jaws and gums
  • Spread awareness about good dental health
  • Rely on various tests and equipments for effective treatment
  • Prescribe appropriate medications
  • Communicate with the patients with empathy and care
  • Organise case histories and manage accounts through frequent updates
  • Keep a check on the staff and guide them appropriately
  • Perform duties in-line with the ethical standards

Pros & Cons of a Career as a Dentist

Pros
  • There are no emergency situations, hence the timmings are fixed.
  • The salary are quite high.
  • There is high demand of dentists, and you can eventually open your own clinic.
Cons
  • The job involves high responsibility as you are incharge of someone’s health.
  • Setting up your own clinic inloves high cost.
  • The profession can be physically demanding.
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