COURSE DETAILS TO BECOME A DENTIST
Courses for Dentist:
Of course, to enter the field of dentistry, you will have to do your BDS or Bachelor of Dental Surgery course at the UG level. Then, you have the option to move on to MDS at the PG level. Otherwise, after your BDS, you can do diploma courses to specialise yourself in the specific field of dentistry. Here, you should be careful about choosing a course that is approved by Dental Council of India. Diploma course will be based on different options like:
- Root canal
- Case diagnosis
- Smile designing
- Botox applications
- Esthetic simple periodontal procedures
- Periodontal management
- Laser application
- Composite restorations
- Replacement of missing tooth
- Crown and bridge
- Aesthetic dentistry
- Fixed Orthodontics
- Dental implantology
If you choose MDS, you can choose your favourite specialisation. But, diploma courses are short-term and also they cost less as compared to MDS. Even, you can take up certificate courses after your BDS.
Eligibility Requirement and Admission Procedure:
To become eligible to apply for BDS course, you will have to complete you higher secondary course. The higher secondary must be from a recognised board or university. You must study physics, chemistry, and biology subjects at the higher secondary or pre-university level. You should secure at least 60% of aggregate marks in PCB. After your higher secondary you should apply for NEET-UG for BDS admission. This is an all-India level single-window examination for admission to BDS colleges across India. You will be allotted seats on the basis of your NEET-UG ranking through counselling. Of course, your higher secondary marks will also be considered during the admission process.
In addition to NEET UG, some institutions like AIIMS, JIPMER, and AFMC conduct their own entrance tests for admission of right talents to the BDS course. If you decide to do your PG in dentistry, you should apply for NEET-PG and should clear this test.