The Department of Biomedical Dental Sciences (BDS) consists of six divisions. The department is responsible for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, diagnosis, and management of a variety of diseases in the oral and maxillofacial region.  In addition, the department conducts research in the head and neck area with an emphasis on biology, pathology, diagnosis, and management of different diseases. 


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Division

The scope of the specialty is extensive and includes the diagnosis and surgical management of facial injuries, head and neck cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial symmetry, facial pain, impacted teeth, cysts, and tumors of the jaws as well as numerous problems affecting the oral mucosa. This division is responsible for the didactic and clinical instruction in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Local Anesthesia & Pain Control for the undergraduate and postgraduate dental students.   

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Division

Several courses are provided by the division to teach the students; the physics of radiation, interpretation of radiographic imaging studies performed for diagnosis in oral and maxillofacial region, and how to take radiographs in the dental clinics. The division is responsible to supervise and implement of education in Oral Radiology courses throughout the academic year and assist other faculty members, residents, and students in radiographic consultation, interpretation, and diagnosis.  

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Division 

The scope of the specialty is to investigate the causes, processes, and effects of the diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research, diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other special investigations, and further management of patients. The division's goal is to achieve academic excellence in teaching and training oral and maxillofacial pathology to the undergraduate and postgraduate dental students. 

Oral Medicine Division  

Oral medicine interfaces dentistry and medicine and this specialty is involved in managing medically compromised patients, diseases of the mouth, jaws, TMJ (temporomandibular joint), and oral manifestations of systemic conditions. The scope of the specialty is typically to provide non-surgical care to patients with a variety of conditions affecting the orofacial region, whether local disorders or related to systemic diseases. This division is responsible for the didactic and clinical instruction in Oral Medicine, diagnosis, and treatment planning for the undergraduate dental students.  

Medical Sciences Division 

This division is responsible to organize and coordinate with medical school all activities of medical courses provided to the dental students in the dental college. It provides the didactic and clinical instruction in the following courses dental students: 

  • Anatomy 
  • General Histology 
  • General Pathology 
  • Microbiology 
  • Pharmacology  

Oral Biology Division

This division teaches the growth, development, histology of the oral cavity, related tissues, and organs, and associated craniofacial areas for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It also participates in several basic and applied research activities. 

Academic Programs

The department offers a 5-year fellowship program that encompasses the full scope of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.  



Phone: +966 13 333-1513 

Published on: 12 May 2014
Last update on: 08 November 2022
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