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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss & Team


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Either Alone or In a Busy Environment

Specialist Peridontist

A Periodontist is a Dental Specialist who treats the supporting structures around the teeth like the gums, the roots and the bones around the oral area – and treats diseases of these structures. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

  1. NSC/NC(V) (Entry into programmes subject to the specific requirements of the educational institution)
  2. Bachelor of Dentistry (BDS) or Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BChD)
  3. 12-month internship 
  4. Master in Dentistry (Periodontics)

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

  1. NSC/NC(V) 
  2. English
  3. Maths
  4. Physical and Life Sciences

Duration of study

5 Years + 1 Year Community Service

4 Years Masters Degree


Once qualified, you will have to register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to work.

Periodontists can be employed in government or private hospitals and clinics. Many periodontists go into private practise.

Further Information

The Health Professionals Council of South Africa


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