How to choose an MDS specialisation and college

Finally your dream has come true, you are standing at that juncture where you are perplexed about now what to commit to for the next 3 years of your life? It is of utmost importance, then, not only to know all those branches of dentistry, offered in MDS, before you take the plunge, but also how to choose a good college.

MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery

As a specialist in this field you will have to deal with all kinds of surgeries and fracture management that involve your face.

MDS in Orthodontics

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. But if your teeth are crooked then that is when an orthodontist has a crucial role to play.

Orthodontic treatment is aimed at influencing the growth, functionality and aesthetics of the face, in particular, and the body in general.

MDS in Prosthodontics

This specialization deals with replacing missing teeth in the oral cavity with prosthetic ones.

Maxillofacial prosthetics is branch of this field that involves replacing missing parts of the face following surgery and accidents.

MDS in Pedodontics

Otherwise known as pediatric dentistry, this field has garnered a lot of attention over the past decade in the private practice sector. It is one of the most popular among students due to employment and diversity in clinical work.

MDS in Endodontic

This branch of dentistry is all about procedures that will help save and retain the tooth in the oral cavity. This has always been considered as one of the most lucrative fields of dentistry.

MDS in Periodontics

Gums and their health and attachment levels to the teeth have a major role to play in the anchorage of teeth in the mouth. These specialists are concerned with procedures both surgical and non-surgical procedures to maintain overall health of the mouth.

MDS in Oral Medicine and Radiology

Doctors specialized in this field deal with the diagnosis and detection of diseases in the oral cavity in particular and the body in general based on the the presenting signs and symptoms and radiographs.

MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial pathology

Specialists in this field are trained to diagnose diseases based on the symptoms as well as microscopic features. It is a dynamic field with amazing prospects in the research arena.

MDS in Public health dentistry

This is the branch of dentistry that is closely linked with community health. It has been getting a lot of attention over the past 5 years as a promising field of higher education that offers several research opportunities.

Things to remember while choosing the right place to pursue your MDS.

  • Choose a college with maximum years of academic excellence to boast of
  • Inquire the rate of graduates graduating every year from the college
  • Make sure that the faculty includes specialists with good number of years experience in the field of teaching graduates and postgraduates
  • The academic achievements of the faculty is again of utmost important
  • Good library facilities and infrastructure should be also taken into account
  • Dental colleges with medical colleges in the same campus are bound to attract more patient cases
  • DCI accreditation of the college is of primary importance, ensure that you do not apply to a fraud institution.

(The author Dr. Aardhra Krishna is a Dentist by profession)


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