Q1. What is
the nature of work Of a dentist ?
Q2.What is the
Eligibility to become a Dentist ?
the personal attributes of Dentist ?
the job prospects of dentistry ?
Q1. What is the nature of work Of a dentist ?
A1.Dentistry is basically concerned with all health problems related to the
mouth, teeth and gums. It includes dental care and correction. Surgical,
medical and other forms of treatment are as much part of dentistry as they
are with other medical branches. To an extent, dentistry includes
cosmetology too, where corrective treatment is involved. For apart from the
routine extraction of teeth, filling, fitting dentures, surgery of mouth ,
replacement of extracted teeth through surgery and cleaning a patientís
mouth and teeth, the job also includes aligning and straightening teeth.
Problems dealing with the jaw or any invasive oral procedure are usually
undertaken by an oral surgeon. A significant part of a dentist's job
involves educating patients about ways to preserve a healthy mouth, and the
best dentists are skillful communicators.
Q2.What is the Eligibility to become a Dentist ?
A2.And now a look at the educational criteria one needs to satisfy to
qualify for entrance to a basic degree course in dental science (Bachelor of
Dental Science). One needs to have completed the twelfth standard
examination with physics, chemistry, and biology. Admission to the graduate
course is through a general, national level competitive examination.
Allocation of institutions is generally based on merit. One also needs to
remember that the academic study is for a period of four years and is
followed by one year of rotating internship. Subjects such as basic anatomy,
physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and microbiology are covered in the
first two years. Specialisation and hands on training are provided in the
last two semesters. Specialisation includes Orthodontics, Periodontics, Oral
pathology, Oral surgery, Operative dentistry and Prosthodontics. The
postgraduate course in dentistry (Master of Dental Science) is of two yearsí
duration and offers several specialities too.
Q3.What are the personal attributes of Dentist ?
A3.As with all medical professions, personal characteristics required for
this branch of study too begin with a basic compassion for people, the
ability to keep oneself updated on development and skills all the time and
to integrate the knowledge gleaned, an excellent memory, immense patience,
an ability to empathise with the patients, a healthy mind and body, the
drive and stamina - both physical and mental-, to put in long hours of study
and work (remember a dentist may have to remaining standing for hours
together), a scientific temper, craftsmanship and dexterity. Personal
Attributes Required As with most medical professions, a keen eye for detail,
comprehensive medical understanding, manual dexterity, and strong
interpersonal skills are important. Besides these the Dentist must also
possess empathy and patience.
Q4.What are the job prospects of dentistry ?
A4. One generally begins oneís career as an assistant to an established
practitioner. While one learns the tricks of running a private practice,
this beginnerís job often involves a lot of administrative work too. Later
he or she rises to become a partner in the practice. Or, with enough
experience, one could set up private practice, which is a very lucrative
option. However, the initial investment in terms of equipment and space
could be pretty stiff; besides, it takes time to attract patients. There are
excellent opportunities in hospitals and dental institutions too. Teaching
and research are other options. Remuneration The returns for a beginner with
a graduate degree could begin around Rs. 6,000 (all included) at government
hospitals and less under private practitioners, while postgraduates may
begin at Rs. 7,000 upwards.