Inside the classroom

Your classroom experience in the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program will involve more than just desks and a whiteboard. And don’t worry about lugging heavy textbooks to class—at the beginning of the DDS program, you’ll be provided with a laptop computer that holds searchable electronic versions of all the texts you’ll need for your studies.

The laptop also facilitates note-taking in lectures, and will help you complete assignments and study for tests. And in second year, when you start caring for patients in the Dalhousie Dental Clinic, you’ll be able to securely access your patient files from your laptop, so booking appointments and updating files is easy and convenient.

Besides the laptops, the Faculty of Dentistry offers state-of-the-art clinical facilities for students in the DDS program. In all your clinical courses, you’ll use the most up-to-date equipment available, from curing lights to prosthodontic materials. The Clinic stocks everything you’ll need to assess and treat patients, and provide preventative counselling. And some of the equipment and technologies you’ll be using are the results of research done by the Faculty’s own professors.

Experienced faculty members

You’ll work with clinical faculty members representing every dental specialty, as well as general practitioners. A full range of dental support personnel are employed to assist and support you in your clinical experiences, including dispensary, radiology, nursing, stores, reception, and accounting services. A full-time dental assistant supports every group of eight students, and sterilization of all patient-care instruments is provided by full-time staff. The clinic facilities are continually maintained by full-time, professional, dental technicians.

As well, professors from the Faculty of Dentistry collaborate with professors in the Faculty of Medicine to teach dentistry-focused foundational science courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology to Dentistry students. Throughout the curriculum, you'll work in small group seminars and use your own patient cases to learn and to share knowledge of the foundational sciences in clinical dental practice.

Specialty clinics

Dalhousie operates a number of specialty clinics designed to support oral diagnosis, radiology instruction, oral surgical treatment, implant treatment procedures, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), and periodontic surgery clinics. As well, a recall and emergency clinic provides continuity of patient care.

Continuing education

Dalhousie's Faculty of Dentistry provides a wide range of continuing education programs for dentists. Students are invited to attend most of these programs free of charge.

More features of the Faculty of Dentistry’s facilities

  • The clinic’s dental chairs are set up to facilitate the use of state-of-the-art mannequin heads—also known as typodonts—for pre-clinical skill training.
  • The main undergraduate clinic has over 150 individual dental cubicles that are assigned to upper-level students. Cubicles are shared by first- and second-year students engaged in pre-clinical and patient care activities.
  • The Faculty maintains a full-service, professional dental laboratory, providing you with the opportunity to work directly with dental laboratory technicians representing most of the specialty areas, including implants, orthodontics, prosthodontics, and aesthetics.
  • The Faculty’s clinics have state-of-the-art electronic patient record systems, including digital radiographs. To book appointments, you’ll have access to the clinic charts for your own patient family. You’ll also have interactive access to current prescription drug information and all required textbooks.
  • Dalhousie’s Dental Clinics plan treatment for about 1800 new patients annually. As a student in the DDS program, you’ll help provide patient care for approximately 10,000 patients each year.
  • You’ll have opportunities to work in the Dr. J.D. McLean Centre, a clinic jointly developed and supported by the Faculty of Dentistry and the dental industry. It includes the best dental cubicle and support equipment available in dentistry today.

Inside the clinic—a student's story

Applied learning
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Third-year student Natasha Chishti had some memorable experiences in oral surgery clinic. Under the guidance of the oral surgery instructors, she learned how to deal with difficult situations—and helped make patients feel good. Read more about Natasha's experience in clinic.

“Most of the third-year coursework involves problem-solving—taking what you’ve already learned and applying it in clinics with your patients.”