Address: In India, training in dentistry is through a 5 year BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) course, which includes 4 years of study followed by one year of internship. As of 2010, there were a total of 291 colleges (39 run by the government and 252 in the private sector) offering dental education. This amounts to an annual intake of 23,690 graduates.
A dental surgeon is a registered health care professional who has attained a degree in B.D.S. On qualification they will work to standards set and regulated to provide preventive and restorative treatments for patients that affect the month, teeth, head and neck. Dental surgeons work closely with patients and develop a high standard of professional responsibility, delivering oral health care to the community within a team environment.
Post graduate training is for three years in the concerned speciality. Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) is offered in the following subjects -
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics
Oral Pathology & Microbiology
Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Oral Medicine Diagnosis and Radiology.
Dental education in India is regulated by the Dental Council of India.
SCOPE OF DENTISTS
It is rightly said that, “Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond”. BDS is of valuable demand as oral diseases are major public health problems due to their high incidence and prevalence across the globe, with the disadvantaged affected more than other socioeconomic groups.
Dentistry is creating many opportunities and challenges with an emerging awareness of the importance of oral health among the population and the introduction pathology and orthodontics have enhanced the scope in this field. BDS graduates can work as self employed practitioners in general practice, providing dental care to the public or in salaried posts within a variety of specialties including hospital and community dentistry, the armed forces, corporate practices, industry or university teaching and research.
Those BDS graduates who would like to continue their study, can go in for a post graduate degree in Dentistry, which is honored as MDS(Master of Dental Surgery) which is being offered by many institutions.
DURATION OF BDS COURSE
The duration of study for BDS(Bachelor of Dental Surgery) course is of 4 years of training and one year of compulsory rotatory internship.
ELIGIBILITY FOR BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY(BDS) COURSE
The candidate must have passed 10+2 and equivalent course in the science stream which includes biology, physics and chemistry. Candidate must have secured not less than 50% marks in the aggregate in the qualifying examinations. He must have completed a minimum age of 17 years.
The top 15 colleges offering dental sciences in India are as follows:
1) College of Dental Sciences, Manipal
2) Maulana Azad Institute, Delhi
3) Govt Dental Coll & Hospital, Mumbai
4) Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai
5) Dr R. Ahmed Dental College, Kolkata
6) Bapuji Dental Coll & Hospital, Dawangere
7) College of Dental Sciences, Dawangere
8) Faculty of Dental Sciences, Lucknow
9) Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai
10) Govt Dental College, Bangalore
11) Saveetha Dental College, Chennai
12) AB Shetty Mem Inst of Dental Sc, Mangalore
13) SRM Dental College, Chennai
14) Amrita Inst of Medical Sciences, Kochi
15) Govt Dental College, Thiruvananthapuram
These are the top colleges offering dental sciences in India. Click on the above links to know more about each college