Brief History

The School of Dentistry coordinates courses and curricular within the College leading to the award of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree. The School of Dentistry(as it was known then) started in 1976 and the first batch of students were admitted in the 1977/78 Session. It was established as an integral part of the College of Medical Sciences in 1975 by ammend to the Edict establishing the University of Benin. The college was composed of two schools and one institute.

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Dentistry
  • The institute of Child Health

The College of Medical Sciences was changed to college of Health Sciences in 1992 and the Schools were changed to Faculties with Pharmacy as part of the College of Health Sciences. In 1993, the Collegiate System was scrapped in the University of Benin, but was re-introduced in September 1999 only in respect of College of Medical Sciences.

From the beginning eight Departments were approved for the School of Dentistry viz:-

  •  Department of Oral Surgery/Pathology including Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology
  •  Department of Conservative Dentistry
  •  Department of Prosthetic Dentistry
  •  Department of Community Dental Health
  •  Department of Paedodontics
  •  Department of Orthodontics
  •  Department of Periodontics
  •  Department of Oral Diagnosis/Radiology

 However , due to the dearth of academic staff, the eight Deparments were merged into four Departments until such a time when the academinc staffin position improves.

The Departments of the School are:

  •  Oral Surgery/Pathology including Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Diagnosis/Radiology.
  •  Restorative Dentistry including Conservative Dentistry and Prosthetics.
  •  Preventive Dentistry including Community Dental Health, Paedodontics and orthodontics
  •  Periodontics
  •  Oral Diagnosis & Oral Radiology

 In 1993, the Department of Oral Diagnosis/Radiology was removed from the Department of Oral Surgery/Pathology to make the fifth Department in the School of Dentistry

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