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Diploma in dental mechanic or diploma in dental hygiene for a career in dentistryDiploma in dental mechanic or diploma in dental hygiene is a paramedical course that students can take up if they want to join the dental industry and hospitals. They both are very similar courses with little difference. Most of the medical colleges will offer one of the two diploma course. They both lead to the same degree and job line.

In these paramedical diploma courses, they will learn subjects like applied mechanics, dental hygiene, chemistry, oral anatomy, dental materials, dental metallurgy, dental mechanics, patient care etc. along with basic knowledge in computers and medical records management.

Students need to be caring and have a good bedside manner. They will also need to learn laboratory skills and get hands-on experience in good dental laboratories. They will also have to be fast and attentive to make sure that they are able to assist in dental surgeries and dental procedures. They should also be detail oriented and observant as this job will entail having to fabricate dental restorations like metal or ceramic crowns, dentures or bridges.

Basic eligibility for joining either the diploma in dental mechanic or diploma in dental hygiene are as follows –

  • Students need to be below 35 years and above 17 years old. SC and ST students have an upper age limit of 40 years.
  • Students should have passed in second PU or equivalent examination with science subjects that is physics chemistry and biology; those students with a diploma in allied medical sciences or diploma in paramedical sciences are also eligible. For the diploma and 12th or PUC passed candidates, this course is for two years with an additional six months long internship period
  • Students who have passed 10th can also apply. They have a diploma in dental mechanic or diploma in dental hygiene course for three years with an additional six months of internship.

The diploma in dental mechanic and the diploma in dental hygiene courses are available in government medical colleges, district hospitals, private paramedical colleges in Karnataka. Applications for the same will be available online on the official website of Karnataka examination authority during the months of July and August every year. After the application, selection of candidates will be done on the basis of a merit cum category wise. The students need not to submit any documents during application but, they will have to carry the original documents with them during the counselling and seat allotment time.

Here is a list of colleges that has a Diploma in the dental mechanic course in Karnataka

  • Govt. Dental College ( Govt. ), Bangalore Urban
  • K.L.E. Institute Of Dental Sciences, Belgaum
  • Vijayanagar Institute Of Medical Science College ( Govt. ), Bellary
  • Al-Ameen Medical College, Bijapur
  • Kvg Dental College, Dakshina Kannada

Here is the list of colleges with the diploma in dental hygiene course in Karnataka

  • Govt. Dental College ( Govt. ), Bangalore Urban
  • The Oxford Pre-University College, Bangalore Urban
  • K.L.E. Institute Of Dental Sciences, Belgaum
  • Vijayanagar Institute Of Medical Science College ( Govt. ), Bellary
  • Kvg Dental College, Dakshina Kannada

Some of the popular career choices for students who graduate from diploma in dental mechanics or diploma in dental hygiene are – assistant dental surgeon, dental technician, research assistant, dental medical records keeper, records coder, dental receptionist, dental assistant, dental hygienists etc. After the students graduate, they can seek employment in medical centres, government dental colleges, private dental colleges and universities, commercial dental laboratories, dental offices, dental clinics, medical writing, X-ray and scanning laboratories and centres etc.

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