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Specialist Periodontist

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 be a Specialist Periodontist in South Africa

Get the Required Qualifications

To become a specialist periodontist in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate (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. Internship (12-month internship)
  4. Postgraduate Degree (Master in Dentistry Periodontics)

Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:

  1. English
  2. Maths
  3. Physical and Life Sciences

Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

Depending on how much you want to specialise, specialist periodontists in South Africa typically study for a minimum of 5 years.

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

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

Periodontists in South Africa can work in government or private hospitals and clinics. Many periodontists go into private practise.

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about specialist periodontists, contact The Health Professionals Council of South Africa.


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