The Department of Oral and Health Sciences enjoys modern facilities for teaching undergraduate students, both in the University Dental Hospital Sharjah and in the College building. In addition, we have specialized facilities to perform research and to offer the community highly specialized services.
The following is a summary of the Department's resources and facilities.
Oral Histology and Cell Biology lab
The lab complements the theoretical education for first and second year students, through the use of microscopes with a wide diversity of histological slides, which cover all human tissues. The lab is also equipped with a central microscope connected to a digital camera system to facilitate explanation of the those slides by the instructor. Additionally, the lab students are requested to perform hands-on projects in the form of models of human tissues or stages of human development, which are often used as a stand-alone educational tool for future students.
The College of Dental Medicine has a distinctive hall that is equipped with around 120 plastic anatomical models of the human skull and the deep soft tissues of the head and neck area. In addition, around 40 natural models (plastinated) are available in different sections for better understanding in a 3D view.
Clinical Skills lab
Apart from knowledge and skills to handle oral cavity disorders, dental students must be well versed with the medical and surgical conditions commonly encountered in dental practice, and must know how to manage patients with complex medical conditions. The clinical skills lab is designed precisely for training students on performing physical examination and detecting medical conditions that are of relevence to dentistry. The lab is equipped with mannequins and materials that allow the students to have hands on experience learning basic physical examination skills (such as cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological examinations), to recognize common clinical signs and to measure patient's vital signs. In addition, students are also exposed to the basic principles of ECG, X-rays, venipuncture, nasogastric tube insertion and airway management. Generally, the clinical skills lab provides the students with a platform for them to learn and experience the basic clinical examination skills expected from them.
Oral Medicine Clinic
Located in the University Dental Hospital Sharjah, the Oral Medicine clinic runs daily and provides consultations for three types of patients
1- Patients with oral mucosal lesions
2- Patients with temporo-madibular joint disorders
3- Patients with non-odontogenic pain
4- Patients with complex medical conditions
Fourth year dental students rotate throughout this clinic to observe patients with the above conditions, this augments the students' theoretical knowledge and complements their clinical skills in diagnosis and therapeutics.
In order to enhance clinical examination of oral lesions suspicious of being cancerous or potentially cancerous, the clinic is equipped with an enhanced light system (VELScope®). Diagnostic biopsies are frequently performed to reach a final diagnosis.
Throughout their academic years, dental students are trained on prescribing, perfomring ad interpreting radiographs. Beginning from early years, students begin to learn about the radiology physics and radiation safety. This is followed by performing dental radiographs on manneguin, and later on patients attending the University Dental Hospital Sharjah.
Utilizing several intra oral X-ray machines, the two panoramic\ cephometric machines, and our state-of-the-art CBCT machine, students routinely take radiographs for screening new patients, and later for diagnosing oral and maxillofacial bone pathological lesions.
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Fourth year dental students learn the basics of histo-pathological diagnosis through continuous pathology laboratory sessions. In those sessions, students develop continuity between the clinical and radiological presentation of diseases which they learn in clinical sessions, and their histological presentation, making the oral diagnosis complete and comprehensive. Oral Pathology lab is equipped with modern microscopes, a state-of-the-art microscopic camera system and a large archive of slides representing various oral pathological conditions.
Throughout the academic year, fifth year students review complex disease scenarios which combine clinical, radiological and histological presentations, and present their analysis of those complex cases each week in the activity named the "Case of the Week".
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
A diversity of minor oral surgeries are performed by fourth and fifth year students in a dedicated section of the University Dental Hospital Sharjah. In addition to the regular dental extractions, students observe minor oral surgeries which include tissue flaps, limited osteotomies and hard tissue biopsies. Advances surgeries to the maxillofacial region are sometimes performed in University Hospital Sharjah under special arragements.
The College of Dental Medicine is unique in offering
specialized training in Forensic Odontology at the Professional Diploma level. Forensic Odontology is the application of dental sciences and expertise for the service of the legal system. The roles of a Forensic Odontologist involve human identification and injury analysis, in addition to reporting on child abuse, domestic violence and professional ethics. Those courses include the following modules:Human identification, Disaster Victim Identification DVI, bitemark analysis, craniofacial injury analysis, crime scene examination, civil litigation and dental mal-practice, ethics and law.