Career Counseling Queries
Subject: What after BDS
Date: 2-Nov-2008
Question: I'm doing my internship in BDS. Now I'm comfused what should i do? Should I prepare for MDS or do some diploma courses? What is the scope after doing MDS? Is it worth spending 3 more years doing MDS. I want to settle in India.
Answer: In any way MDS is a better choice. Postdoctoral dental study gives dental professionals, the opportunity to work towards specialization in the field of dentistry. The areas of postdoctoral study include the following: periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, and oral surgery etc.

The advantages of pursuing one of these areas of specialization are generally higher salaries and a more academic bent to the work. The postdoctoral study itself is quite rigorous and involves seminars, lectures, and clinical work.

The following are the specialties in this field:

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.
  • Endodontics: It includes the basic and clinical sciences including the biology of the normal pulp, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp. One of the endodontists' most frequently occurring tasks is treatment of the root canal, the removal of damaged pulp from within the root canal of a tooth and thus saving the teeth.
  • Periodontics: It is the study of diseases of gums and its effects and treatment.
  • Pedodontics: Pediatric Dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They care for a child's teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
  • Prosthodontics: It's a special branch of dentistry that concentrates all its skills and science that make mouth, teeth, and face work right, feel right, look right, and stay right.
  • Oral Surgery: Oral surgeons are responsible for diagnosing and treating oral disease, in particular benign and malignant tumors of the jaws, head and neck. They also perform surgeries to aid in the treatment of sleep disorders.
  • Orthodontics: An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

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