Dentistry

12/10/2014 Career

Dental health is an integral part of the overall
health systems. With modern lifestyle, dental problem
is becoming more vigorous among all sections of the
population. In addition to this, improper dental care
practices also create problems like early tooth
falling, tooth decay and enamel loss etc. All these
problems require proper suggestions of dentists to
keep our teeth healthy and fit for long years. Thus
dentistry as a profession is becoming more demanding
and remunerative. Because of its promising nature a
lot of young aspirants are coming into this
profession.



Course Details

The basic course for being a Dentist is Bachelor�s
Degree in Dental Science (BDS). The minimum
requirement for BDS courses is 10+2 pass in Science
with Biology as an optional. Selection to the BDS
courses is made through an entrance test conducted by
different state separately. However, CBSE and AIIMS
conduct their entrance test at all India level. BDS is
a four-year course divided into four semester of one
year each followed by one year of rotating internship.
Those who have completed the BDS should be registered
to practice dentistry by the Dental Council of India.
A Masters in Dental Science (MDS) requires two years
of additional training.



Career Prospects

BDS degree holders can begin their careers as
practitioners in government hospitals, private nursing
homes, industrial and corporate hospitals.
Establishments like Defense Service, Railways, and
Ordnance Factories also employ Dentists for hospitals
run by them. However, a specialized degree opens up
more career opportunities in teaching and research
institutions like Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Besides, as private practitioners, they can have their
own dental clinics. Those who are interested in social
service can join NGOs. Moreover, a lot of career
opportunities are available abroad for Indian dentists
in countries like USA, UK and Australia.



Institutes Offering

Some of the premier colleges offering BDS courses in
India are:

Bangalore Institute Of Dental Science Hospital,
Bangalore;

Bharati Vidyapeeth�s Dental
College and Hospital, Pune;


Buddha Institute of Dental
Sciences and Hospital, Patna;


Christian Dental College,
Ludhiana;


College Of Dental Surgery,
Manipal;


Dental College & Hospital,
Lucknow;


Dental College, Trivandrum;


Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College &
Hospital, Kolkata;


Govt. Dental College &
Hospital, Mumbai;


Govt. Dental College &
Hospital, Chennai;


Govt. Dental Collage &
Hospital, Hyderabad;


J. S. S. Dental Collage,
Mysore;


Moulana Azad Medical Collage,
Dental Wing, New Delhi;


Nair Hospital Dental College,
Mumbai;


S.C.B Medical College,
Cuttack


S.M.S. Medical College,
Dental Wing, Jaipur.




Remuneration

Dentistry is a well-remunerative career option. Fresh
Dentists employed in government hospital earn Rs 8,000
to Rs 10,000 per month. Private sectors hospital and
nursing homes offer more lucrative pay packages to
dentists. A private practitioner can earn Rs 20,000 to
Rs 1 lac per month depending upon their skill



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