Dentistry has entered the era of specialty . The JCD Dental college commenced MDS courses in four specialties from this academic year of 2015-16.
Prosthodontics: Prosthodontics, also known as Prosthetic Dentistry, is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prostheses and rehabilitation. It is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.
Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics: This specialty deals with the management of dental pain, advanced cosmetic ailments and periapical lesions requiring restorations and/or surgical intervention.
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics: The specialty is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions (Malalignments), which may be a result of tooth irregularity and/or disproportionate jaw relationships. Orthodontic treatment not only focuses on dental displacement only, but also deals with the development and modulation of facial growth. In case of the latter, it is better defined as “Dentofacial Orthopedics”.
Periodontics: Periodontology or Periodontics is the specialty of dentistry that deals with the supporting structures of teeth, as well as diseases and conditions that affect them. The supporting tissues are known as the periodontium, which includes the gingiva (gums), alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament. A professional who practices this specialty of dentistry is known as a periodontist.
A candidate for admission to the MDS course (Master of Dental Surgery) must have a. recognized degree of BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) awarded by a recognized Dental College as per the Dentists Act, 1948 or an equivalent qualification recognized by the Dental Council of India and should have obtained permanent registration with the State Dental Council.
SELECTION OF POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS:
(1) Students for postgraduate dental courses (MDS) shall be selected strictly on the basis of their academic merit.
(2) For determining the academic merit, the university/institution may adopt following procedures for MDS degree courses:
- On the basis of merit as determined by a competitive test conducted by the State Government or by the Competent authority appointed by the State Government or by the University/Group of universities in the state; or
- On the basis of merit as determined by a Centralized competitive test held at the national level; or
- On the basis of the individual cumulative performance at the first, second, third as Final B.D.S. examinations, if such examinations have been passed from the same university; or
- Combination of (i) and (iii);
Provided that wherever entrance test for Postgraduate admissions is held by a State Government or a university or any other authorized examining body, the minimum percentage of marks for eligibility for admission to postgraduate Dental courses shall be 50% for General category candidates and 40% for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
Provided further that in non-Governmental institutions the total seats shall be filled as per directive of the Competent authority from time to time on the basis of merit.
PERIOD OF TRAINING:
The Course shall be of three years duration.
All the students for the degree of MDS are required to pursue the prescribed course for at least three academic years as full time students in a BDS recognized and MDS approved/recognized Institution under the guidance of the Head of the Department, who has to be a recognized postgraduate teacher in that specialty.