Career In Dentistry

Medicine is said to be the most respected profession in the world. It is also one of those professions which make the person more economically sound and those practising medicine are the ones highly responsible for the growth of the country both in monitory and health terms. There are endless opportunities, if a student opts for medicine as his senior secondary subjects. Other than being a doctor, he can apply for higher studies in biotechnology, radiology, Psychology, Microbiology, Cytology, Pharmacology, etc.

The different fields, in which a student, after senior secondary examination, can pursue his doctorate degree, are cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, nephrology, oncology, pulmonolgy, geriatrics, dentistry, etc. Out of all these professions, Dentistry is the one which is said to be the most popular and as compared to others it is the easiest to pursue studies in. Dentistry relates to the study of tooth decays, and its problems, oral cavities, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the diseases in the mouth. It is said, a dentist is never suppose to sit idle as there are 32 teeth a human being has, and from the starting, being a baby, till his age of again becoming an older baby, a man needs a dentist. Also, teeth are the main factors which help in judging the age of the human beings.

A student having interest in dental sciences needs to pursue BDS, Bachelors in Dental Sciences. Due to the limitations of the seats available in the dental colleges, some colleges also take entrance examinations to provide admission to students in the college of their choice. There are around 160 dental colleges in India, out of which very few are there which provide quality education, in terms of faculty as well as the facilities provided fro the students to practise, some of the top institutes providing courses in Dentistry in India are:

v     Colleges of Dental Sciences, Manipal

v     Maulana Azad Institute, Delhi

v     Govt Dental Coll & Hospital, Mumbai

v     Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai

v     Dr R. Ahmed Dental College, Kolkata

v     Bapuji Dental Coll & Hospital, Davangere

v     Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai

v     Government Dental College, Bangalore

v     AB Shetty Mem Inst of Dental Sciences, Mangalore

v     SRM Dental College, Chennai

After pursuing graduation in the dental sciences, the student needs to pursuer specialisation, in the subject of his choice. The different fields in which one can do specialisation in the field of dental care are:

v     Dental Public Health

v     Endodontics

v     Oral and maxillofacial pathology

v     Oral and maxillofacial Radiology

v     Oral and maxillofacial Surgery

v     Prosthodontics

v     Periodontics

v     Orthodoctics and dentofacial Orthopaedics

v     Pediatric Dentistry

Also, career in dental research is coming up in a big way, with the development in technologies, the demand for newer medicines, pharmaceutical infrastructure for analysis and research is required. Student before choosing the college for specialisation also must keep in mind the environment and the infrastructure provided by the institute as one needs to have good instruments to practise and implement the theoretical knowledge.

Many institutes also have tie- ups with hospitals to provide internships to students in this field. Mostly government hospitals has got intern working with them, which are provided the opportunity to work with the general masses in the realistic environment, so that they know how to handle different variety of patients. After practicing in hospitals for few years, doctors generally opt for opening their own clinics, and it is believed dentists earn more than any other doctors due to the scale on which the profession is practised and the need of the dentists all over the world.