Dentistry is one of the most comprehensive areas of medicine. It includes such disciplines as Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine and Pathology, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics. All of these sub-disciplines are usually taught separately.

In India, training in dentistry is through a 5-year BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) course, which includes 4 years of study followed by one year of internship. As of 2010, there were a total of 291 colleges (39 runs by the government and 252 in the private sector) offering dental education. This amounts to an annual intake of 23,690 graduates.

The three year-full-time Post Graduate Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) is the highest degree in dentistry awarded in India and its holders are bestowed as consultants in one of the following specialities

  • Prosthodontics (fixed, removable, maxillofacial and implant prosthodontics)
  • Periodontics
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Conservative dentistry and endodontics
  • Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics
  • Oral pathology and microbiology
  • Community dentistry
  • Pedodontics and preventive dentistry
  • Oral medicine diagnosis and radiology

Dental education in India is regulated by the [Dental Council of India].http://dciindia.gov.in/

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