M.D.S. in Conservative Dentistry is 3-year post-graduate course, sub-divided into 6 semesters of 6 months each. The discipline essentially involves the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the teeth, gums, and other related structures of the mouth.
The course has been designed for interested candidates having completed graduation in Dental Surgery, from any institute recognized by the Dental Council of India. The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 2 Lac and 20 Lacs, varying across institutes.
Admission is offered to eligible candidates based on their performance in a relevant entrance exam, and a subsequent round of counseling.
Successful graduates of the program are hired across:
The average annual initial salary offered to such postgraduates in India ranges between INR 3 and 9 Lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
The course can be pursued in any of full-time and part-time modes in India, depending upon the candidate’s choice.
Some of the important highlights of the course are tabulated below.
|Minimum Qualification Required||Graduation in Dental Surgery (B.D.S.)|
|Admission Procedure||Counseling after qualification of entrance exam|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Total course Fee||INR 2 to 20 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 10 Lacs (annually)|
|Top Recruiting Areas/Fields||Government Hospitals, Private Hospitals, Dental Clinics, Military Health Services, Hospital Administration, Research Colleges and Universities, etc.|
|Job Positions||Dentist, Senior Lecturer, Medical Coordinator, Medical Writer, Orthopedist, Dental Assistant & Dental Hygienist, Dental Lab technician, Sales Manager (Dental implant), and such.|
|Major Entrance Exams||AIIMS entrance exam, All India Post Graduate Dental Entrance Exam, DU entrance exam, IGNOU Entrance Exam, among others such.|
The course has been designed to offer to eligible candidates an advanced learning in:
techniques to diagnose, prevent, and treat diseases and disorders of the teeth, including repair and replacement of defective teeth.
Integrating theoretical and practical components of study, the course culminates with the completion of a research-based dissertation.
Students interested in pursuing further studies in the discipline may go for pursuing:
Aspiring eligible graduates interested in specializing in Conservative Dentistry need to ideally possess:
A large number of private and government medical colleges in India offer a postgraduate degree in the field. Mentioned below are the names and details of such colleges, with their corresponding locations and fees charged by each, annually.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVEERAGE ANNUAL FEES|
|Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Science (MAIDS)||New Delhi||INR 15,000 (course)|
|Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS)||Mangalore||INR 12.1 Lacs (course)|
|SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospitals||Karnataka||INR 1.72 Lacs (course)|
|Government Dental College & Hospital||Mumbai||INR 48,400 (course)|
|King George’s Medical University (KGMU)||Lucknow||INR 39,067 (course)|
|A B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS)||Mangalore||INR 9.53 Lacs (course)|
|PT Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS)||Rohtak||INR 19,580 (course)|
|Government Dental College & Hospital||Aurangabad||-|
|DR. R. Ahmed Dental College & Hospital||Kolkata||-|
|SRM Dental College||Chennai||INR 12 Lacs (course)|
|JKK Natrajah Dental College & Hospital||Tamil Nadu||INR 38,000 (course)|
|Awadh Dental College and Hospital||Jamshedpur||INR 12.3 Lacs (course)|
|Century International Institute of Dental Science and Research Center||Kerala||-|
|Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS)||Bhubaneshwar||INR 10.3 Lacs (course)|
|Uttaranchal Dental and Medical Research Institute (UDMRI)||Dehradun||INR 7 Lacs (course)|
|Inderprastha Dental College and Hospital||Ghaziabad||-|
|Kalka Dental College||Meerut||INR 4 Lacs (course)|
|Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences||Guntur||INR 18,000 (course)|
|Army College of Dental Sciences (ACDS)||Telangana||INR 6 lacs (course)|
|Mamata Dental College||Hyderabad||INR 1 lakh (course)|
Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.
Generally, in most of the colleges and institutes offering the course, admission is provided based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, conducted at any of State, national and institutional levels, followed by a subsequent round of counseling.
The round of counseling involves two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined. A merit list is subsequently released issued by the institute allocating available seats to the qualifying candidates.
Some of the major entrance examinations conducted in India for admission to the course are listed below.
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Applied Anatomy of Head & Neck||Endodontics 1|
|Conservative Dentistry 1||Conservative Dentistry 2|
|Essay||Clinical Exercise 1|
|Pulp capping: Direct/ Indirect on extracted teeth||Instrumentation and Obturation of root canal space|
|Clinical Exercise 2||Clinical Exercise 3|
|Exercises on tooth preparation, base and varnish application, matrix and wedge placement and amalgam restoration.||Root Canal Access Preparation|
With increasing awareness among people regarding dental problems, Conservative Dentistry offers lucrative career opportunities in both private and government sectors.
They may also pursue private practice, or teach the discipline in private/government hospitals.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are tabulated below along with the salary and basic job duties associated with each.
|JOB PROFILE||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Dentist||Dentists are medical healthcare professionals who focus specifically on the dental and oral hygiene of patients. Dentists typically examine the oral and dental hygiene of patients, by offering advice, or carrying out surgeries.||INR 3 to 10 Lacs|
|Medical Coordinator||Medical Coordinators schedule surgeries and complete associated paperwork. They prepare surgical files, and ensure that patient information is obtained correctly and filed properly. Also, they schedule patients for appointments and tests, and ensure that follow up calls are made in a timely manner, take telephone calls and provide callers with information on specific services of the medical office, etc.||INR 3 to 7.5 Lacs|
|Operations Manager||Operations Managers oversee the production of goods and/ or provision of services. They are responsible for making sure that an organization is running as well as it possibly can, with a smooth efficient service that meets the expectations and needs of customers and clients.||INR 4 to 9 Lacs|
|Dental Lab Technician||Dental Lab Technicians are professionally responsible for replacing partial or total loss of natural teeth by constructing partial or full dentures (metal and non-metal). They restore natural teeth by fabricating crowns and bridges, and correct dental irregularities by manufacturing fixed or removable appliances, etc.||INR 3 to 6 Lacs|
|Researcher||While projects are in the planning stages, Researchers work with team members to identify project goals, research methods, variables, and other test parameters. They also choose how to collect data and offer recommendations on evaluating the project.||INR 3.5 to 8 Lacs|
|Lecturer||Lecturers undertake teaching, research and administrative duties within a specialist subject area. Typical responsibilities of the job include encouraging personal development via tutorial or theoretical work, invigilating examinations, etc.||INR 3 to 7 Lacs|
|Training Manager||Training Managers are professionally responsible for working across a range of departments to get employees up-to-speed in both their specific vertical, and the overall needs of the company. Training Managers’ responsibilities include working to enhance employees' skills, performance, productivity, and quality of work.||INR 3 to 6 Lacs|