BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) is the only professional programme on dental surgery in India. BDS is one of the most sought after course after M.B.B.S. The course is 4 years in duration followed by one year of rotating internship. In India, BDS is regulated by the Dental Council of India where all dentists have to register to be able to practice after the completion of their study.
S.B Patil Institute for Dental Sciences and Research has been approved for intake of 40 students and college has the necessary infrastructure, faculty to provide quality training for the students
The Dentist's Role in health care
Dentists are doctors who specialize in oral health. Their responsibilities include:
- Diagnosing oral diseases.
- Promoting oral health and disease prevention.
- Creating treatment plans to maintain or restore the oral health of their patients.
- Interpreting x-rays and diagnostic tests.
- Ensuring the safe administration of anesthetics.
- Monitoring growth and development of the teeth and jaws.
- Performing surgical procedures on the teeth, bone and soft tissues of the oral cavity.
Dentists' oversight of the clinical team is critical to ensuring safe and effective oral care. Even seemingly routine procedures such as tooth extractions, preparing and placing fillings or administering anesthetics carry potential risks of complications such as infection, temporary or even permanent nerve damage, prolonged bleeding, hematomas and pain.
More than Just Teeth and Gums
Dentists' areas of care include not only their patients' teeth and gums but also the muscles of the head, neck and jaw, the tongue, salivary glands, the nervous system of the head and neck and other areas. During a comprehensive exam, dentists examine the teeth and gums, but they also look for lumps, swellings, discolorations, ulcerations — any abnormality. When appropriate, they perform procedures such as biopsies, diagnostic tests for chronic or infectious diseases, salivary gland function, and screening tests for oral cancer.
In addition, dentists can spot early warning signs in the mouth that may indicate disease elsewhere in the body. Dentists' training also enables them to recognize situations that warrant referring patients for care by dental specialists or physicians.
Scope of Dentistry in India and our message to concerned students and parents
As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India dentist to population ratio is around 1:8,018 which is less than the ideal ratio of 1:7,500 as per WHO. The problem is that the dentists have concentrated in urban, metropolis where there are already many dental clinics in operation. In our view as the nation’s development extends to smaller cities and places in India, the requirement of dentist will grow in such places and unlike other courses, a dental surgeon can start his independent practice and make a good living. We at S.B Patil Institute for Dental Science and Research welcome the students to take the course in this esteemed institute to start their dreams of being a health care entrepreneur. As the management of this college, we promise our students to provide adequate infrastructure, clinical experience and good skilled faculty for them to graduate as an excellent dental clinician.