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Dentistry

What Is Dentistry?

Dentistry is a branch of medicine that involves diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of any disease concern about teeth, mouth, gums, hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and associated structures. Dentists are the professionals who provide dental care and corrections (in the form of surgery or medical treatment) required for the patients.
They treat a diverse group of patients in a variety of settings using a variety of techniques and procedures such as computers and magnetic resonance imaging. This may include filling, crowning and scaling of teeth, extracting teeth, treating gum diseases and fitting artificial replacements where necessary and surgically handling injuries or other irregularities of the teeth and jaw.

Areas of Specialisation in Dentistry

  • Orthodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial surgery
  • Pedodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Prothodontics
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Endodontic
  • Forensic Odontology
  • Oral radiology and Oral pathology
  • Cosmetic Dentists

When Can I Enroll for Dentistry?

COURSES

ELIGIBILITY

DURATION

ENTRANCE EXAM

Certificate in Dental Hygienist / Dental Mechanic

SSC

2 Yrs.

Autonomous Exam

Diploma Course in Dental Assistance

SSC / Diploma in Dental Hygiene

1 ½ Yrs.

Autonomous Exam

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)

HSC with PCB

4 Yrs.

NEET

MDS (Masters of Dental Surgery)

BDS

2 Yrs.

NEET

Ph.D.

MDS

3-5yrs.

Autonomous Exam

What Personality Traits are Required to Become a Dentist?

  • An Excellent Memory
  • Immense Patience
  • A Scientific Temper
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills
  • Keen Eye for Detail
  • Comprehensive Medical Understanding
  • Empathy & Patience
  • Ability to stand for long hours

What Aptitude is Required to Become a Dentist?

  • High Abstract Reasoning
  • High Psychomotor Ability
  • High Numerical Ability
  • High Psychomotor Ability

IQ Required to Become a Dentist

Minimum High range of Intelligence along with hard word & consistency.

Job Prospects in Dentistry

  • Health Departments
  • Dental Clinics
  • Own Practice
  • Dental Departments in Hospitals / Nursing Homes
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Companies producing
  • Oral care products and medicines

Regulatory Body

Dental Council of India (DCI)