The science concerned with diagnosing, preventing, and treating diseases of the teeth, gums, and related mouth structures, including repair or replacement of defective teeth. The field of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions of the teeth and oral cavity. A dentist, also known as a 'dental surgeon', is a health care practitioner specialising in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity—the dentist's supporting team aides in providing oral health services. The dental team includes dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, and in some states, dental therapists.



Course Eligibility Duration
Bachelor of Dental Surgery/Science(B.D.S) Class 10+2 Science (PCB) + Entrance Exam 4 years
Master of Medical Science Class 10+2 +B.D.S./M.B.B.S. 3 years
M.D.S(Master of Dental Surgery) class 10+2+B.D.S./M.B.B.S. 3 years
Post Graduate Diploma in Dentistry B.D.S 2 years

Entrance Exam    

Under Graduate Entrance:

National Level Entrance Test

  • NEET

Graduate Entrance:

National Level Entrance Test



Depending on the type of institute/quota, fees can range from INR Sixty Thousand to One lakh per year for Government College; & for Self-Financed College’s ranges from INR Ten Lakhs to Fifteen lakhs, both of the above are excluding lodging/boarding expenses.

Skills Required   

  • Patience

  • Ability to stand for long hours

  • concentration

  • Accuracy

  • communication skills

  • Good interpersonal skills

Career Options   

Rising dental problem is leading to high demand for dentists in the country. Following are the various job profiles offered to graduates and post graduates in Dentistry:

  • Government Hospital Practitioner:A graduate in Dentistry can practice in government hospitals.

  • Private Hospital Practitioner: After Dentistry, a Dentist can also start practicing in a Private hospitals as well.

  • Private Practitioner:A Dentist can also start a clinic independently as a private practitioner.

  • research & Advisory:As a dentist you can seek work in the research and advisory departmerts of pharmaceuticals.

  • Teaching: Teaching is another option; one can opt for teaching in dental college spread across India

For better career prospects graduate in Dentistry go for Post-Graduation specialization in following discipline:

  • Orthodontics:Specializes in diagnosis, prevention, interception and treatment of malocclusions, or "bad bites," of the teeth.

  • Operative Dentistry & Endodontics : Specialist may perform simple to difficult root canal treatments or other types of surgical root procedures.

  • Oral Medicines:Provides care for the medically complex patient through the integration of medicine and oral health care.

  • Oral Pathology :Studies the causes of diseases that alter or affect the oral structures (teeth, lips, cheeks and jaws) as well as parts of the face and neck.

  • Prosthodontics: Specializes in the repair of natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth.

  • Periodontics:Specializes in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases of soft tissues in the mouth (the gums).

  • Dental Public Health Clinics :Dental health through organized community efforts serve to educate the public through group dental care with the goal of preventing and controlling dental diseases on a community-wide basis.

  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery: Treat accident victims who suffer facial injuries and offer reconstructive and dental implant surgery.

Undergraduate course (B.D.S)   

  • Dental Surgery

Postgraduate Courses (MDS/PG Diploma)   

  • Dental Surgery

  • Public Health Dentistry

  • Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge

  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics

  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

  • Oral Implantology

  • Public Health

  • Pediatrics and Preventive Dentistry

Popular colleges offering the course:   

In Gujarat

In Maharastra

In India


A qualified Dentist can get employment opportunities in following areas:

  • Dental departments of Government or private hospitals

  • Dental clinics and health departments

  • Teaching departments in dental colleges

  • Researcher or adviser in a pharmaceutical or a dental care company

  • Armed forces(Hospital)

  • State services(Hospital)

  • Indian Railways(Hospital)

All the students, teachers and guardians should note that the above mentioned websites and information on various colleges / universities may change under the rules and regulations of the education department.