Dentistry Gains Ground As A Career Option | Patna News

Dentistry is an inseparable part of any healthcare facility

By: V K Tripathi
PATNA: Dentistry, a centuries-old medical branch for treatment of toothache, tooth decay and other oral ailments, has widened so much these days that it is a common sight to find dental clinics dotting almost every lane in urban localities, indicating public awareness on oral hygiene and dental maintenance.
Former principal of Patna Dental College and Hospital (PDCH) and former member of Dental Council of India Dr D K Singh, having over 45 years of clinical experience, said, “There have been revolutionary changes in dentistry, both in materials and techniques, in the post-independence era in the country. Today, it is also seen as a medical branch which people turn to for help in shining and properly-placed teeth. Since 70 per cent of facial expressions, including attractive smiles, come from the perioral muscular orientation, that is between nose and chin, modern dentistry caters to the need of artists and other public figures too, in addition to maintaining the dental hygiene.”
He said earlier, before 1950s, persons with Diploma in Dental Surgery (DDS) and licentiate dental surgeon (LST) were permitted to treat dental problems but they had limited options of extraction and making of denture. The first government dental college in the state, PDCH, was established in 1960. Since then, it has produced hundreds of leading dentists, who served in India and abroad with commendable record.
Dr Singh said, dentistry is an inseparable part of any healthcare facility from primary health centres (PHCs) to subdivision and district-level hospitals and medical colleges.
Lack of oral hygiene, tooth decay, ageing-related problem, oral cancer and also accidental injuries leading to fracture of jaw – all these necessitate immediate intervention of a dentist.
Today, besides the career options of BDS (Bachelor in Dental Surgery) and MDS (Master in Dental Surgery) degrees, there are also short-term diploma courses, with eligibility of intermediate science with biology, available both in government and private dental colleges, including PDCH.
The branches of graduation and post-graduation level courses like BDS/MDS are: pedodontics (for children), prosthodontics (artificial or cosmetology), orthodontics (teeth alignment), conservative dentistry (treatment of infections in teeth root), oral and maxillofacial surgery (fracture, cancer surgery etc), community dentistry, and pathology and microbiologist.
Singh said, with the rise in necessity of trained hands both in hospitals and private clinics, two-year diploma level courses for dental technician, dental hygienist, chair-side assistant and operating room assistant have gained ground.

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