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The Department of Restorative Dental Sciences (RDS) started its existence during the founding of the College of Dentistry in 1975G (1395H).   It is committed to its mission to provide unparalleled dental education to our undergraduate and postgraduate students.  The Department provides a pre-doctoral instruction in the disciplines of dental anatomy and occlusion, dental materials, treatment planning, operative dentistry and endodontics. The RDS Department has eight undergraduate courses offered to both male and female sites.  

The Department encompasses three Divisions:

1) Division of Operative Dentistry - which is planned to provide pre-clinical dental students with the basic knowledge and skills required for the training of operative dentistry.  This course starts with a brief introduction of operative dentistry and dental morphology, followed by the discussion of instruments used and laboratory excercises.   The pathology, clinical presentation and restoration of teeth with complex cavities are discussed.
2) Division of Endodontics – which covers etiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp.  The learning sessions include lectures, demonstrations and hands-on instruction in all clinical and laboratory procedures related to the practice of endodontic therapy.
3) Division of Dental Biomaterials – which is involved in different aspects of materials sciences necessary for enriching and understanding the applications of various  dental biomaterials.  This division provides the basic foundation for proper learning of the applications of dental practice.

Moreover, a Division Head and Course Director for each specialty are assigned by the Department.  Currently, the Department has forty-one professionals and high-caliber faculty members (Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Lecturers and Demonstrators) participating and contributing their teaching abilities to our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In addition, the Department sponsors an advanced educational program for the Saudi Board in Advance Restorative Dentistry which enrolls ten students annually.  It links also with the Postgraduate Educational Program in Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry which usually accept four students for each specialty.  The goal of these programs is to provide our graduate students to pursue several career possibilities, including specialty practice, research, or teaching, with the increased knowledge of the interrelationship in the field of clinical dentistry.
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To promote oral health through excellence in dental education and research.
The department aims at becoming a leader in promoting the provision  of  high quality education   and researches in the  fields of  Operative Dentistry, Endodontics, and Dental Biomaterials.
To train undergraduate dental students to become competent in the  fields of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics.
To provide contemporary dental education in the fields of Operative   Dentistry, Endodontics, and Dental Biomaterials through continuous reform and uopdating of courses, and adoption of state of the art teaching methodology.
To promote delivery of high quality teaching through faculty motivation and continuous self assessment of department performance, and maintenance of an acceptable faculty to student ratio.
To encourage collaboration among the department members in the pursuit of high standard scientific research.

Last updated on : January 12, 2023 2:18am