A dentist is a surgeon who specialized in the profession of dentistry. Dentists are also known as dental surgeons. Dentistry or career as a dentist consists of study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity. Dentistry is not limited to teeth but also involves treatment of diseases related to teeth, gums, jaws and soft tissues of the mouth. Common dental procedures are removal, correction and replacement of decayed and damaged teeth. Dentists can also pursue specialization and be known as Orthodontists, Periodontists, Prosthodontics and Oral Surgeons.
The ones who wish to choose career as a dentist must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with physics, chemistry, biology/ biotechnology from a recognized board to be eligible for admission to architecture courses and ultimately become a dentist. After passing 10+2 examination, the candidate has to pursue a bachelor degree in dental sciences admission to which is done on the basis of score obtained in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG). The entrance exam for admission to medical courses, including dental programmes, is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). After Bachelor of Dental Studies (BDS), the aspirants can also pursue Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) for more expertise. With the world ¬becoming more aware of the ¬importance of oral health, dentistry is a very lucrative medical field.
What do they do?
Dentists are healthcare professionals who takes care of people's oral hygiene by providing preventive and restorative treatments. The treatment includes restorative dentistry, which focuses on correcting problems of the teeth caused mainly by dental decay (cavity), and fixing the position of the teeth in relation to each other and to the jawbones. Dentists also treat injuries, infections, tumours and other conditions of the teeth, jawbones and related tissues. From cleaning of teeth to filling cavities to performing complicated surgeries – they have to do it all!
- Excellent knowledge of the science of oral health
- Good manual dexterity, eyesight and a steady hand
- Aptitude for learning new skills as dental procedures change often
- Ability to work tirelessly
- Good communication skills
- A good sense of humour can help you break the ice with patients.
- Being a patient listener helps
How do I get there?
Take up biology in Class 11 and continue with it in Class 12. Thereafter, you need to clear the entrance test for BDS (bachelor of dental surgery), followed by MDS (master of dental surgery). The diploma courses after BDS also have great prospects and enhance the career growth of aspiring dentists. Dentists can also set up their own private practice.