History of the faculty of Dentistry
The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S) degree programme was established in 1975 under one Department of Dentistry with the aim of producing highly skilled Dental Surgeons comparable to those in the developed countries.
Department of Dentistry experienced a change in 1981 when it was split into four autonomous departments (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Pathology, Restorative Dentistry and Preventive Dentistry) in anticipation of creation of a Faculty of Dentistry. The Development Committee of the Senate approved the creation of these Departments in 1985. The Faculty of Dentistry now has five Departments which are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Pathology, Preventive Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry and Child Oral Health. The former Department of Preventive Dentistry was split into two – Child Oral Health Department and Department of Periodontology and Community Dentistry in 2006.
The first set of Dental students started their clinical training in 1977 and the programme attained full accreditation by the Nigerian Medical and Dental council in 1978.
The mass exodus of highly skilled medical specialists to the Middle East and developed countries in the ‘80s depleted the academic staff in Dentistry and arrested further progress on the creation of the Faculty of Dentistry. Faculty status was granted the dental programme in March 2002 by the National University Commission (NUC) after an earlier verification visit in 2001.
A formal Faculty inauguration was performed on 22nd April 2002 by the Vice Chancellor of the University with Dr. J. O. Lawoyin as the first Ag. Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry while Dr. Gbemisola A. Aderinokun became the first Sub-Dean (Postgraduate) and Dr. A. O. Fasola was the first Sub-Dean (Undergraduate).
Arising from the need to fulfil her goals of training students who are clinically competent for the performance of various tasks and roles expected of a dental surgeon in the community, the Faculty commissioned an International Implantology Centre the first in the entire West African Sub-region on Tuesday, 19th July, 2005 by the Vice Chairman, International Congress of Oral Implantology, U.S.A Prof. Kenneth W.M. Judy.
The Department of Preventive Dentistry commenced the outside posting in Community Dentistry at Igbo-Ora in April, 2007.
The Faculty has fully commenced the Postgraduate Degree Programme of Masters Degree in Dental Sciences (MDS) while the approval for the M.Sc degree programme in Oral Surgery by the University is still being awaited.