BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY
From braces and fillings for chocolate-chomping children to more invasive procedures for adults, dentists have become a common feature in urban living. The dental education system has undergone major changes over the past three decades. The focus today is on oral pathology, oral medicine and maxillofacial surgery in the curriculum of stomatology dental schools. The bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) course is spread over five years, of which four years entail classroom study and one year of compulsory internships.
CAREER PROSPECTS BDS graduates can work as dental surgeons, assistants, consultants, lab technicians, ceramists or professionals in the field of oral pathology in both public and private sectors. On being awarded the degree, graduates may also work as lecturers. An experienced dentist usually earns between `40,000 and `1.5 lakh per month.