Faculty of Dentistry


Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences (ODSS)

The Department of Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences is organised into the disciplines of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Special Needs Dentistry, and Oral Diagnosis, and provides support to the Faculty’s Radiography, and day stay theatre as required. The Head of the Department is Professor Alison R Rich.

Faculty of DentistryAt undergraduate level the department is involved in teaching in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Oral Health and Bachelor of Dental Technology programmes and staff contribute to other Faculty and continuing dental education courses.

At graduate level, the Department offers specialist courses of study and research leading to the degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Special Needs Dentistry. These courses are recognised for the formal training required to register as a specialist by the Dental Council.

The Department also offers courses leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, or Oral Medicine. Staff in the Department also supervise research, leading to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy available through the Sir John Walsh Research Institute - A University of Otago Research Centre.

The main areas of research in the department are:

  • oral diseases and healing involving histological, immunohistochemical, and molecular biological techniques with particular interest in epithelial hyperplasia, preneoplasia, and neoplasia and also diseases of the oral mucosa;
  • clinical research in dental implantology, oral and maxillofacial surgery and trauma.


Ngai Tahu Māori Health Research and Māori Dental Health Clinic

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Medicine & Hospital Dentistry

Oral Pathology

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