SSB or Services selection board is an organization which selects candidates for Army, Navy and Air force recruitment based on multiple criteria giving them points by conducting. The many criteria include Medical Examination along with Dental tests and examinations along with mental, physical and intellectual evaluation to access the potential of the candidate and determine if he or she is eligible.
What are the minimum points to qualify in Dental Examination for SSB?
You need a minimum of 14 points to qualify in your Dental Examination for SSB.
Are there Negative points for Dental examination in SSB?
No, there are no negative points if you are having a missing tooth or fractured tooth or a Root Canal treated tooth.
Will points be given to Root canal Treated Tooth in SSB?
Yes, if the Root Canal treated tooth is covered with a Dental Crown and has the opposite tooth, you will be given points. If the RCT treated tooth is broken or dosen’t have a crown the Dental examiner will not give points depending on the situation of the tooth.
Many candidates are eliminated based on their physical health issues which include Dental health as well. In every batch based on the fitness report, the unfit rate goes up to 45-55% making it one the most crucial aspect in the SSB recruiting process. The Medical and Dental examinations are done prior to interviews and many health issues are considered before declaring the candidate fit for interviews. The cut off mark to pass a Dental examinations is 14 Dental Points which are required after examining the candidate and these are the points which you should keep in mind before going for the Dental examination. Make sure to visit a Dentist and get your self treated before the examination.
How Dental Points are measured in SSB examination:
Teeth which are considered to be essential or must have are given 2 points each – Molars
Teeth which are not required for efficient function of the oral cavity are given 1 point for U/L teeth combined- Incisors, Canines and Premolars
For the front teeth – Incissors (4 points), Canine (2 points) and Premolars (4 points) on each arch are given 1 point each if the corresponding or opposite teeth are present. So you will get 10 points if you have all the Upper and Lower Incisors, all 4 canines and 8 premolars. You will not be given 1 point each for any one tooth missing from either upper or lower jaw.
For the Molars, you will get 2 points each for Upper and Lower Molar, So as you have 6 molars U/L on each side, you will be getting 12 points for having all the molars. In case you are not having third molars on both sides you will be getting only 8 points.
The 1st Molar, 2nd Molar and 3rd Molars are given 2 points each if they are in correct occlusion with the opposing mandibular teeth.
If the 3rd Molar is either impacted (partially erupted) or not well developed it is given 1 point
How are the Dental points given while examination for SSB selection:
Based on the above points allotment, if you are having all 16 teeth (including 3rd molars) in upper jaw having good opposite teeth (lower jaw) in good occlusion, the points given are 20 to 22. This number changes with problems seen in any teeth.
Anterior Teeth: From the 6 anterior or front teeth 4 should be without any problem and having good opposing teeth with good occlusion
Posterior Teeth: Out of the 10 posterior teeth 6 should be without any problem and having good opposing teeth with good occlusion
So the number of points required to clear the Dental examination is 14, if a candidate fails to get 14 points they are termed as medically unfit for the interview stage.
It is better to get check up done from a Dentist to determine if there are any Dental Caries or Impaction of the Wisdom teeth which need to be addressed and treated before going for the examination. Make sure that you get complete Oral prophylaxis done before the Dental examination and any missing teeth replaced as they affect the points given.