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 EducationDDS ProgramDoctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)Program DetailsFirst Year     September 15, 2014  

DDS Program



DDS Program - First Year

The major focus of the first-year program is the acquisition of a thorough understanding of normal function of all organ systems. This serves as the basis for the understanding of abnormal development and pathology, which are presented later in the curriculum. First-year students advance through a rigorous sequence of basic science courses that includes gross anatomy, biochemistry, neuroanatomy, physiology, histology, oral histology, oral anatomy, and embryology. Each of these courses is designed both to provide basic science information directly relevant to the practice of dentistry and to develop the broad understanding of normal form and function necessary for all health-care professionals providing patient care. Many of these courses are presented only to dental students; some lectures are simultaneously presented to both medical and dental students. Dental and medical students are separated for all associated laboratory sessions. While some lectures are presented to both medical and dental students, dental students are enrolled in separate courses with separate course directors and examinations. The UB School of Dental Medicine utilizes a traditional "A" through "F" grading system. The UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences uses an "H," "S," "U" system.

Clinical Experience

First-year students take two courses each semester that complement the basic-science focus of the first-year curriculum and begin the clinical training process.

Clinical Dentistry I provides an introduction to patient examination techniques, normal function, and the principles of preventive dentistry. First-year students spend one afternoon each week gaining introductory clinical experience using each other as patients. In the spring semester, a combined preclinical laboratory and clinical experience in periodontics prepares students for patient care in the second-year program.

In addition to the initial clinical experience, students also participate in a two-semester preclinical laboratory course that introduces the materials, instrumentation, and laboratory procedures that will be important in the second-year preclinical courses.



The tradition of practicing dentists taking time to teach is as old as dentistry itself; the central role of practitioners as faculty is as old as the earliest organized dental schools.


As a proud member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), the University at Buffalo is committed to discovery, both basic and applied research, development and scholarship particularly related to oral health and disease.



Established in 1892, the School of Dental Medicine continues to educate general practitioners, specialists and biomedical scientists in the art and science of oral health through our comprehensive accredited programs.


Each year, volunteers guide hundreds of children through the award-winning Teddy Bear Clinic and to dental cleanings and treatment at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine's annual "Give Kids a Smile Day."

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The UB Smile Team promotes dental education and provides free oral health care in areas of the world that lack adequate access to treatment. 


Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA) is a SDM organization administered by dental students and dedicated to providing care to underserved areas. Students and faculty deliver much needed dental treatment to such locations as Appalachia, Belize, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico and Vietnam and as well as in the Buffalo area.


Since 1997 the UB Dental has operated a mobile dental unit (MDU) serving Chautauqua County in Western New York. The MDU averages approximately 3,100 patient visits per year. Information call 716-560-5127.


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