The BDS program in India is typically offered by dental colleges and universities recognized by the Dental Council of India (DCI). It is a five-year undergraduate program designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and clinical training necessary to become competent dental professionals. The program consists of both theoretical and practical coursework, providing a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of dentistry.
In the program’s early years, students focus on foundational subjects such as dental anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and microbiology. They learn about the structure and function of teeth, oral tissues, and the oral cavity and the basic biological and biochemical processes related to oral health and disease. As the program progresses, students delve into more specialized dental subjects. They study oral pathology, which involves the identification and diagnosis of oral diseases, and oral medicine, which focuses on managing oral conditions and their connection to systemic health. Dental materials is another important area of study, covering the different materials used in dentistry and their properties. Clinical training is a vital component of the BDS program. Students gain hands-on experience by practicing dental procedures under the guidance of experienced faculty members. They learn about various dental treatments, including restorative dentistry (such as fillings and crowns), prosthodontics (such as dentures and bridges), endodontics (root canal treatment), periodontics (treatment of gum diseases), oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics (alignment of teeth and jaws), and preventive dentistry (oral hygiene and preventive measures). During their clinical training, BDS students also interact with patients, gaining valuable experience in patient management, communication, and ethics. They learn to diagnose dental problems, develop treatment plans, and provide appropriate dental care. After completing the BDS program, graduates are required to register with the State Dental Council to obtain their dental license and practice dentistry in India. Some graduates may choose to pursue postgraduate studies, such as Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) programs, which offer specialized training in specific dental disciplines. MDS programs typically span three years and provide an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and expertise in areas such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, conservative dentistry, and pedodontics (pediatric dentistry). Overall, the BDS program in India aims to produce skilled and compassionate dental professionals who can provide comprehensive oral healthcare services to individuals and communities.
Dr. Rajkumar, Actor, director and Alumni of our college from the batch of “TROYZIANTZ” was the guest of honour for the inauguration of Priyadarshini Dental College theatre club. Joint Secretary of PDCAA Dr. G. Vijayalakshmi introduced the chief guest Dr. Rajkumar. Interns and Final year students from PDCH performed the Mime on Drug awareness. Dr. B. Sivapathasundharam, principal, PDCH presented momento to Dr. Rajkumar as a token of appreciation. Vote of thanks was given by Dr. N. Lingesh Kumar, Gen. Secretary of PDCAA