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This Course Group describes about the different University approved courses for becoming a dentist in India. Check this page to know the various Universities having graduate, post graduate, masters, Post graduate diploma and certificate courses in Dentistry in India. Also, get to know the government and private colleges approved to impart dentistry education through the channel of entrance examinations, admission rounds and results.


Dentistry is an ancient branch of medicine, perhaps more than 9000 years old, as evidenced by the remains of a drilled tooth from Indus Valley civilization. Dentistry is all about studying, treating and correcting disorders of the oral cavity and the adjacent areas. Among healthcare courses, dentistry is next in popularity to medical courses. A large number of institutes in the country undertake a variety of dental courses. Other than the usual bachelors degree courses in dentistry, a number of postgraduate courses like diplomas, masters and doctorates are available for those eligible.


Duration of courses mostly depend upon course. Bachelors courses vary from 4-5 years. Length of postgraduate courses may vary from 2-3 years and beyond in some cases.


One should have passed 12th with biology as the main subject, to be eligible for the bachelors courses. For admission, one may have to appear for entrance exams.


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Dentistry Courses

Click on a course name below to find the list of colleges offering Dentistry courses for 2024 - 2025 academic year. Also, find admission announcements and application form to download and apply for Dentistry course.

  1. B.D.S.
  2. Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BDH)
  3. Bachelor of Dental Mechanic
  4. Certificate Course in Aesthetic Laser Dentistry
  5. Certificate Course in Forensic Odontology
  6. Certificate Course in Implant Dentistry
  7. Certificate Course in Minor Oral Surgery
  8. Certificate Course in Oral Implantology
  9. Certificate Programme on Dental Aligners
  10. Certification Dental Hygiene
  11. Diploma Dental Mechanic
  12. M.D.S.
  13. M.D.S. Community Dentistry
  14. M.D.S. Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  15. M.D.S. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  16. M.D.S. Oral Medicine & Radiology
  17. M.D.S. Oral Pathology
  18. M.D.S. Oral Pathology & Microbiology
  19. M.D.S. Orthodontics
  20. M.D.S. Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
  21. M.D.S. Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry
  22. M.D.S. Periodontics
  23. M.D.S. Prosthodontics
  24. M.D.S. Public Health Dentistry
  25. MS Dental Sciences
  26. PG Certificate Course in Aesthetic Dentistry
  27. PG Certificate in Restorative Dentistry
  28. PG Diploma in Dental Materials
  29. Ph.D. Dental Sciences

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More about dentistry

A wide variety of treatments are undertaken by dental practitioners. From treating common oral diseases like dental carries and gum diseases, extraction or restoration of teeth, scaling, root planning and root canal treatments. Orthodontic treatments like straightening of teeth and jaw correction are getting popular with the masses these days. Even though a dentist can practice soon after completion of his undergraduate studies, many of them prefer to go for additional qualifications so as to specialize in the different streams of dentistry.

Dental Specialties

A dentist can specialize in a variety of fields. Some such specialty fields are:
  • Orthodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Geriatric dentistry
  • Dental public health
  • Oral medicine
  • Special need dentistry

Opportunities in dentistry

A world of opportunities exist in this field of healthcare. Whether private hospitals or government ones, there's always demand for dentists, dental surgeons, orthodontists and others trained in this field. As dental officers, prestigious career opportunities exist in all the wings of the armed forces and in the paramilitary. In recent years, awareness about oral health and hygiene among the general population has led to a huge demand for dentists in the country. It's common to find dental clinics mushrooming up in large numbers in cities and towns, alike. Therefore, there's always the opportunity to open your own clinic. A vast number of dentists and other dental specialists opt practicing on their own. Many of them opt to work in Europe and North America. For those inclined towards teaching, there's a growing number of dental colleges and institutes in the country to work with.