Dentistry (Dental Courses)

Dentistry courses or dental courses in India is a traditional medical study program open to all candidates who have achieved a senior secondary or high school certificate. Applicants need to appear for an evaluation test followed by an interview before being selected for a dentistry course. Study courses in dentistry lead to bachelors and masters degrees.

Dentistry jobs are primarily in the dental hospitals, and multi-functional nursing homes normally found in state capitals and important cities. Many qualified dentists are empanelled by multi national corporations, public sector undertakings, and leading business houses of India. Most graduates, however, take up dentistry as an independent profession.

Dentistry in addition to being medical in nature also has an aesthetic aspect. Aesthetic dentistry is a popular form of dental treatments.

Dental Colleges in India

Dentistry colleges in India offer Bachelors and Masters Degrees in this field of medicine. Dentistry education runs in parallel to regular medical science courses. Some of the notable institutions offering medical degrees in dental medicine and surgery are:

Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College and Hospital, 114, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata – 700014; Tel.: 033-22655771

Course: Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Duration: Five years including 1 year internship

Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi – 110002; Website:

Course: Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Duration: Five years including internship of one year

Course: Master of Dental Surgery

Duration: Two years

Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamalle High Road, Chennai – 600077; Website: ; Tel.: 044-26801580.

Course: Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Duration: Five years

Course: Master of Dental Surgery

Duration: Two years

Scope of Dental Courses in India

Dentistry careers are available in the form of medicine dentists and aesthetic dentistry. Aesthetic dentistry deals in the external appearance of teeth and their alignment. In medical dentistry, focus is on ailments of teeth and gums and their treatments. Both types of dentists are employed by hospitals, and nursing homes. Many qualified dentists take up teaching assignments in dental colleges. However, most dentists set up their own chambers and dentistry facilities.

Scope of Dental Courses Outside India

Candidates undergoing dentistry courses in India might get lucrative placement in overseas dental hospitals, treatment centers, and nursing homes. They could also set up their independent dentistry facilities in foreign cities and towns.

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