The Department of Dental Sciences is the largest training institution for Dentists and dental specialists in Eastern Africa. Our Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree course graduates on average 30-35 dentists annually, and about 10 Masters of Dental Surgery (MDS) graduates in the areas of Paediatrics Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology and Prosthodontics. Dentistry is a fast evolving discipline and the department is the current leader in training in implant dentistry through the MDS Periodontology and Prosthodontics courses.
Moving forward, the school will position itself to lead in both full time training by development of more diverse courses, and in continuing professional development. Application for self sponsored undergraduate students and all postgraduate coursed are now processed online (visit https://application uonbi.ac.ke).
Due to high demand for quality dental services, the department operates, Dental plaza, a facility dedicated to full time dental services provision. The Dental Plaza is operational Monday – Saturday and accepts all major insurance covers for dental services.
The teaching clinics also serve many Kenyans of diverse walks in both the outpatient and inpatient facilities. We shall continue to provide quality service and strive to satisfy the needs of our students, patients and the general public.
The Department of Dental Sciences (DDS) is among the departments that constitute the Faculty of Health Sciences.
The Department of Dental Sciences started from a humble beginning in 1974 (The Department of Dental Surgery). The first group of eighteen (18) students was admitted in 1974 to pursue the course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) of the University of Nairobi. To facilitate its inception and growth, the Department acquired and renovated the then building structures for the former Princess Elizabeth Maternity in 1977 with financial and material support from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The aim was to have a university teaching dental hospital. Initially, the Department had only nine (9) dental units, but these soon grew to fifty two (52) distributed in various clinics.
Mandate of the Department
The role of the department is to train undergraduate students to become dental professional of high moral calibre and clinical skills of internationally acceptable standards and who are able to work at the public and private sector health facilities at community level in preventive and promotive activities and independently conduct research.At postgraduate level, the role of the Faculty is to train qualified Dentists to become specialists in different fields of dentistry. These specialists are trained to conduct research, teach undergraduate programme and provide specialist care to patients. It is worth noting that countries in the East, Central and Southern African region are also beneficiaries of training programmes in this department.Since the year 1998, fee-paying students have been admitted for undergraduate training. This has subsequently increased the number of graduating dental surgeons and will go a long way in meeting the global set goals of recommended Dentist: Population ratio. The postgraduate training will enhance the number of specialists in the various dental disciplines in the ever changing world of specialization.
Contribution of the Department
Through its community dentistry outreach programmes, the department has led the way in efforts to alleviate suffering, reduce the burden of oral diseases and improve oral health by providing free curative, preventive and promotive dental services to the needy members of the public who have little or no access to oral health care facilities particularly in remote areas of the country. Through Operation Smile, members of the department have participated in the annual reconstructive surgical campaign that has benefited thousands of children and adults with cleft clip and palate and other oral and Maxillofacial anomalies. The department has often been called upon to participate in formulation of national health policies. A good example is the formulation of the Ministry of Health National Oral Health Policy and Strategic Plan for the year 2002 to 2012 in which our department members played a key role in its formulation and subsequent implementation. Our department members have also played a key role in formulating of policies, laws and regulations for standardization of oral hygiene and other dental products.In the area of research, the department has conducted extensive research in a wide range of disciplines and provided answers to many previously unanswered questions in areas such as flourides and fluorosis, malocclusion and child dental health, epidemiology and prevention of oral diseases, oral cancer and pre-cancer, oral and maxillofacial traumatology, head and neck oncology as well as socio-cultural influence on oral health.
Being the only institution that trains dental surgery graduates, Kenya the department has played a key role in human resource development for both the public and private sector. Since its inception, the department has trained hundreds of dental surgeons who are now distributed all over the country to serve the needy public. In recent years the department has taken the role of training dental specialists not only to satisfy national needs but also to assist members of the East and Central African countries to meet their needs.