Students procuring BDS degree have various job opportunities like junior residents and practitioners in government set-ups, setting up their own practice, providing dental health care in to corporate sector. The BDS graduate can also join as an officer in the armed forces and allied health sciences. They can also join the wide arena of companies involved in clinical trials and drug testing laboratories. The graduates can also opt for higher education in India and abroad which can usher them into the field of research and super specialization.
The dental graduates can specialize in the following fields:
Orthodontics and Dentofacial orthopedics
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology
Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral Medicine & Radiology
Public Health and Community Dentistry
The number of dental surgeons offering dental services in India is less as compared to the general population seeking it. As per the WHO recommendations, the dentist and general population ratio is much less in India. This opens up a wide horizon for fresh graduates to setup their practice successfully.
A dental health care provider can serve the public through government hospital setup, corporate hospitals, by setting up a private clinic or a nursing home. The dentist can join a community health service or a charitable hospital as well to reach out to the people.
A dentist can go for higher studies in India and abroad such as Masters and PhD. He can also join the management field by pursuing Hospital management and join the administrative posts in corporate hospitals.
A dental health surgeon can enter the field of cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry by pursuing diploma in these specialized branches after BDS. They can also specialize in the field of oral implantology which is an upcoming branch of dentistry. They can also enter the field of forensic odontology and form a part of forensic team in solving civil, criminal and personal identity cases and serve as an expert witness in the court of law.
A dental surgeon can also play an important role in oral cancer screening, diagnosis and its treatment and other oral and maxillofacial diseases such as salivary gland diseases. With the increase in number of oral cancer cases in India every year, the role of dentists in diagnosing and treating the disease has gained unprecedented importance.
A dental health care provider can also choose allied health services as career option such as dental Hygienist both in India and abroad. You can also join the field of academics by applying for a teaching job in any of the dental colleges spread across the country and keep yourself updated with the latest updates with the recent advancements in the field of dentistry.
As a dentist, you can work in the research and advisory departments of pharmaceuticals companies. You can also work as advisors and researchers in companies associated with oral care products like toothpaste, mouth wash and gum care products.