What is the career prospect?
There are several avenues of employment open to a dentist. These include hospital, armed forces, community dental services, corporations and teaching in universities. Moreover, the option of having a private of one’s own is also extremely attractive, since the field is lucrative and can provide flexibility of location and working hours.
What is the growth path in dentistry?
A dentist can open a private practice as soon as the certification is gained. However in recent years, many dental school graduates have chosen to work for established dentists as associates for a year or two in order to gain experience and save money to start own practice or buy an existing one.
How can you become a dentist?
A bachelors degree in the subject is a must to practice dentistry. Master degrees are also available, as are specialization degrees. Student who have passed for their -12 exam with PCB are eligible to appear the entrance exam for the degree course.
What are the courses available?
Several institutes across India offer a Bachelors degree in Dental Sciences (BDS). A course in dentistry covers subjects such as basic anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and microbiology.
What is the duration of the course?
These courses are for a period of four years followed by one year of rotating internship. An MDS requires two years of additional training .
Which are the leading institutes?
The most well-known institutes for dentistry courses are-
a. Govt. Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai
b. Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai
c. Dental Wing, Mauling As ad Medical College, New Delhi
d. Dr. R.Ahmed Dental College and Hospital, Kolkata etc.
What is the eligibility criterion for admission into these institutes?
The admission procedure for BDS, requires one to appear for an entrance exam, conducted at All India level or WB JEE in West Bengal or any other state exam. (National Entrance/State Entrance/Deemed Entrance)
What is the pay scale in this sector?
A novice in this profession can earn Rs. 5,000-20,000 in a month. With more experience, a dentist’s monthly income can go up to Rs. 20,000-1,00,000.
Dentistry requires very hard work and as much craftsmanship and skill as theoretical knowledge. Work as a dentist requires long hours on one’s feet.