The idea of a program in Dental Surgery was first mooted by the Department of Surgery, University of Calabar in 1985. The key proponents were Professor M.S. Ed- Dars (deceased), Obong Professor Nta Elijah Henshaw (deceased), Professor James R Ana (deceased), and Okuku Professor A.A Otu.
For a long time, Dentistry was a unit in Department of Surgery, until 15th November, 2012 when the Senate proposed a program in Dental Surgery and at the same time, established the Department of Dentistry in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, which was renamed Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in order to accommodate the new Department and program.
The Department of Dentistry eventually metamorphosed into the current status as a Faculty on 28th August, 2016 when the Senate approved the establishment of the FACULTY OF DENTISTRY with five Departments. The Departments are: Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Child Dental Health,
Department of Preventive Dentistry, Department of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine, as well as Department of Restorative Dentistry.
FACULTY MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT
The mission of the Faculty is to produce high quality graduates and scholars in focal areas of learning with theoretical, practical and entrepreneurial skills for the world of work in a conducive environment through quality research and teaching
The education of oral health professionals to be attuned to the health needs of the society this commitment is to be reflected in a competency-directed and community-oriented approach with emphasis on social responsiveness, relevance, and life-long learning.