The School of Dentistry at the University of Pretoria is widely recognised both nationally and internationally for the quality of its training, research, patient care and its involvement in community-based projects. Our graduates are making decisive contributions to the practice of dentistry, health management, statutory councils and academic training.
The typical work day of a dentist is spent diagnosing and treating diseases of the mouth and teeth. This includes the removal or repair of carious teeth, the replacement of absent teeth by means of crown and bridge therapy, and the treatment of diseases of the gums. The dentist is also responsible for surgical intervention in the mouth, the alignment of irregular teeth, alleviation of pain, root canal treatment of teeth, and the planning of dental treatment in cooperation with the patient.
Dentistry offers many challenges and stimulating opportunities for men and women. With the exclusive aim of rendering high-quality oral healthcare to the patient, the dentist cooperates as a team member with all the other role-players of the oral health team. The total health of the individual forms the basis of the training of each dentist. Dentists should be academically gifted and dextrous.
Description of the programme
In order to keep pace with the modern requirements of tertiary education, the School of Dentistry follows a curriculum that is problem-based, student-orientated and directed at the community, with vertical and horizontal integration of subjects. The duration of the degree in Dentistry is five years, full-time, followed by one year of compulsory community service. As early as the second semester of the first year of study, students get first-hand exposure to clinical dentistry.
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5 years, full-time.
As an international role-player focusing on healthcare in Africa, the vision of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria is to maintain health standards through quality education, research and community service. Since its inception, it has grown to be one of the largest health training institutions in the country and boasts an undergraduate and postgraduate student corps of over 6 000.
Students who join this Faculty will be part of a new generation of health professionals. The Faculty’s training is outcomes-based and problem-orientated – a unique way of looking at patients and their health.