Dentist job roles, responsibilities, descriptions, duties and salary

Dentist job roles, responsibilities, descriptions, duties and salary

Date of posting: 27 Aug 21

Dentist

What does a dentist do?

Get access to the job designation, duty and responsibility, employment, work schedule, qualifications, technical skills and pay scale of a dentist


Job designation: - dentist

The job role of a dentist is to make sure that the oral health of his/her patients are going well and keep an eye on the progress that their patients are making. They have to diagnose their oral health and recommend healthy options.

Duties and responsibilities of a dentist

The responsibility of a dentist is to take careful steps while diagnosing patients with any oral health condition and must be very careful while doing any medical procedure on the oral section. It involves a certain amount of risk and must practice caution on the job. 

  • Promotion of taking care of teeth

  • Removing cavities from teeth 

  • Recommending diet and food that could make their teeth stronger

  • Diagnosing oral issues and report it to their patients as well as to the hospital

  • Recording maintenance of clients’/patients’ data of oral history

Places of employment for a dentist

  • Hospitals

  • Dentistry

  • Clinics 

  • His/her own personal chamber

Work schedule of a dentist

It is a 36 hours per week job but work may vary as per workload. Sometimes they work on weekends in their own personal chamber.


Qualifications required to become a dentist


A BDS degree is required which has 4 years of classrooms and 1 year of internship. A master degree is required for career advancement. Dental Council of India registration is required for legal safety.


Under-graduate courses to become a dentist


  • BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)


Eligibility to pursue the course: -


  • Class 12th pass with science stream (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) with 50% pass


Entrance-exams to be taken to pursue the course


  • National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG


Institutes which are offering these courses 


  • King George’s Medical University

  • Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences

  • Institute of Medical Sciences

  • Christian Dental College

  • Government Dental College and Hospital


Post-graduate courses for a dentist


  • MDS (Master of Dental Surgery)

Eligibility to pursue the course: -


  • Minimum 50 percent is mandatory during graduation


Entrance-exams to be taken to pursue the course


  • NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) MDS

  • AIIMS PG Entrance Exam


Institutes which are offering these courses 


  • AIIMS Delhi

  • Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences

  • Institute of Medical Sciences

  • Christian Dental College

  • Government Dental College and Hospital


Key/Technical skills

  • Being patient with other clients

  • Sharp eyesight while doing check-up

  • Being reliable as a team member 

  • Maintain calmness while under pressure

  • Crystal clear communication with patients, contemporaries and senior members

Salary expectations

  • Average salary: - Rs. 3.03 lakhs per annum

  • Entry level salary: - Rs. 2.4 lakhs per annum

  • Experienced-level salary (20 years of work experience): - Rs. 30 lakhs per annum

Process of getting the job of a dentist

  • Placement from colleges, universities and other recognised institutions

  • Job searching on LinkedIn or Indeed for dentist posts

  • Checking out any institution’s profile and requirements for a dentist

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