Dental Sector is one of the booming industries which is expected to expand and grow exponentially in the upcoming years in India.
Dentists are professionals who are responsible for the treatment of a person’s oral health through preventing oral diseases and future dental conditions, routine checkups, diagnosing and treating issues that may arise. In addition, they also educate all about dentistry and other significant problems related to oral health and more. Moreover, dentists are also the researchers of dental health, for example studying if genes play a crucial role in development of oral diseases.
Why is Dentistry Important?
Dentistry plays an important role in maintaining our health and hygiene. As the name suggests, it is all about maintaining the health of your smiles as well as your overall health. The unaddressed tooth cavities, decay or gum can lead to infections in the mouth which can result in bigger problems.
How Big Is The Dental Industry In India?
The Indian Dental industry is approximately USD 2 Billion industry with an expected growth of 30% YOY. It is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world and is set to become one of the largest markets in the globe.
Current Scenario of Dental industry in India
The global pandemic had an impact on dentistry as well. As the dentists have to work in close proximity with the oral cavity of a patient, there is a high risk for dentists to treat their patients. Patients are still in dilemma whether to visit the doctors or not due to the fear of Covid-19.
The recent market trends predict that India will be one of the largest countries for dental products and equipment. With more than 5000+ dental labs and 300+ dental institutes, dental in the Indian market has definitely grown into a wide sector. It is expected that the dental sector will have a growth rate of at least 20% to 30%, with the investments of several multispeciality involving dentistry and other activities. From the last decade, India has gone into several changes and upgrades under this industry. The major factors have been growth in healthcare awareness, increase in expenditure in the healthcare sector, friendly policies by the government of India.
Oral Care Infrastructure in India
Most of the dental players hail from the private sector. Mostly, dentists practise solo or in multispeciality hospitals. Big MNC players such as Apollo, Fortis and others are setting up chains of dental clinics in this rapidly increasing market. The majority of dentists work in different cities. It is observed that the job opportunities are less in the market, in both the public sector and private sector, therefore most dentists set up their own private clinics.
In recent years, dentistry has come up as a rewarding career. People have started recognising dental disorders and with the advancement in science and technology, the treatment has become specialised. Therefore the demand of dentists has been slowly and steadily increasing in the Indian market. As it is said that India is seen as the second-largest market in dentistry, the future of dentists will be rewarding if we move ahead with this particular trend. Looking at the trends, India is rapidly growing in the sector and this trend is inviting big MNC players like Ivoclar – Vivadent, Dentsplay, 3M, Nobel Biocare etc.
Who are the biggest players in the dental industry?
There are players in every game, but people remember only those who are famous and best in their respective areas. The major players in the dental industry are Apollo White Dental Care, Dental Services Group, Pacific Dental Services, Great Expressions Dental Centers, Gentle Dentistry, LLC, Coast Dental Services LLC.
Types Of Services Provided by the Dental Professionals
The services provided by the dental professionals are as follows
a) Dental Implants
d) Root Canal- Endodontics
e) Cosmetic Dentistry
f) Laser Dentistry
h) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
g) Smile Makeover
Education, Courses and Eligibility
With increase in dental laboratories and demand for dentists, there is a huge scope for establishment of several dental institutes and training centers. Education in dental studies can be fruitful in the upcoming years. Let us look into some courses and eligibility around dental studies.
Courses and Eligibility
A candidate should have finished 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as their main subjects with minimum 50% scored in the examinations. The candidate should appear for combined medical/dental entrance examination which is held at both national and state level. They would be given Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) which they have to answer in the limited time. The candidate must qualify NEET examinations which take place at a national level.
Dental Courses after Class 12th
- Bachelors of Dental Surgery
- Bachelor of Dentistry
- Bachelor of Dental Science
- Bachelor Degree of Dentistry
- Bachelor of Oral Health
- BDS (Hons) Dentistry
- BSc (Hons) Advanced Dental Nursing
Dental courses after Bachelors
- Master of Dentistry
- MSc Clinical Dentistry
- Master of Dental Science
- MSc in Dental Technology
- Masters in Dental Surgery
- Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
- MDS Endodontics
Diploma and certificate courses
- Diploma in Dental Assistant
- Diploma in Dental Mechanics
- Diploma in Dental Technician
- Diploma in Dental Hygiene
- Diploma in Dental Operating Room Assistant
- PG Diploma in Dental Technology
- Advanced Diploma in Dental Hygiene
Top Dental Colleges in India
- Maulana Azad Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi
- Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Udupi
- Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai
- Dr. D.Y Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
- A.B.S.M. Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangaluru
- SRM Dental College, Chennai
- JSS Dental College and Hospital, Mysuru
- Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai
- Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai
- Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
Thus, we hope that this article gave you a sneak-peak on the current scenario around the dental sector. The future ahead seems bright and by observing the trend, one can conclude that the dental sector would be among one of the sectors which will bloom in the upcoming years.
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