population and by many dentists themselves. Nothing can be farther from truth.
It is actually a superspecialization in healthcare.
Dentistry in india is taught as a five year course, BDS ( Bachelor of Dental Surgery). The admission to BDS is Usually made through the common Entrance Exam for MBBS/BDS. After BDS the Post graduation Qualification in Dentistry in INDIA is a 3 year course known as MDS (Master of Dental Surgery). Ther are Nine branches to MDS. Each branch is a supespecialisation dealing with specific disorders/problems/etc. related to the oral cavity.
The nine branches are as follows:
Deals with replacement of missing teeth and other maxillofacial structures with dentures, CROWNS/BRIDGES and DENTAL IMPLANTS.
Deals with Straightening of teeth with help of Braces.
3. PEDODONTIST Also known as PEDIATRIC DENTIST
Deals with Treatment of all dental Diseases of Infants, Children and adoloscents. AND PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY
4. ENDODONTIST or CONSERVATIVE DENTIST
Delas with Restorative dentistry such as treatment of Decay with Fillings, Root Canal Treatment, etc.
Deals with all diseases related to the gums.
6. ORAL SURGEON
Deals with all surgeries related to the Teeth and maxillofacial structures such as Fractures, Trauma, Growth related disturbances, etc.
7. ORAL MEDICINE and RADIOLOGY
Delas with diagnosis of dental and oral diseases and their treatment with Drugs. Also is responsible for Radiological examination such as X rays, OPG, CT Scan Etc.
8. ORAL PATHOLOGIST
Delas with diagnosis of Oral Cancer, Etc.
9. COMMUNITY DENTIST
Delas with increasing awareness of importance of dental health in the population.