Careers in Dentistry
As a profession, dentistry is concerned with all health problems afflicting the mouth, teeth, gums and other tissues of the oral cavity.Thus it involves complete Oral care and correction.Apart from this, the profession is evolving fast with the introduction of cosmetology. People, ever in look of the “perfect face” are preferring for better shaped tooth. With an increasing awareness of the importance of oral health and the introduction of new fields like periodontics (care of gums and the diseases that might afflict them), oral pathology (diagnosis for diseases that affect the mouth ) and orthodontics (straightening and aligning teeth and jaws) have all enhanced the scope of this field.This apart from introducing new technologies in the field has pumped up the demand of dentists in the market.
The basic course for getting into the dentistry profession 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. Entrance exams for the same are conducted by different states separately. However CBSE exams along with the AIIMS exams are conducted in the national level for selection of students into the BDS course. The course is divided into four semesters of one year each followed by one year of rotating internship. BDS students who wish to study higher can go in for a Masters in Dental Science (MDS) that again needs two years of additional training. However completion of BDS makes one eligible to practice the profession.
Other Courses in Dentistry are
- Dental Hygienist Certificate Course
- Dental Mechanic Certificate Course
- Diploma Course In Dental Assistance.
Career Prospects in Dental Sciences
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.
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 and ability.
Institutes Offering Courses in Dentistry
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