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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. 

Required 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)

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

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

Duration of Study

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

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.

Further Information

The Health Professionals Council of South Africa


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