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The University of Louisville School of Dentistry enjoys a rich heritage in dental education and a reputation for clinical excellence that reaches back to the 1800s.

Since the first class of 10 dentists graduated in 1887, over 7,500 men and women have joined their ranks. With record numbers of outstanding applications—more than 2,400 for 80 positions—the school’s tradition of excellence promises to stretch far into the future. More than 1,000 dental hygienists have graduated from ULSD since the program began in 1952.The Dental Hygiene bachelor of science program is Kentucky’s only dental hygiene program housed within a dental school.

More than 100,000 patients are seen each year at the dental school.  Under the leadership of the ULSD Community Dental Health program, our faculty, staff and students provide approximately $1 million worth of dental services to the underserved each year and participate in more than 80 ongoing initiatives to promote oral health.

Innovation in Clinical Education

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry is a leader in computer-assisted education in both classrooms and clinics. Students can practice clinical skills on computerized, lifelike patient mannequins in the Simulation Clinic. The Dental Education Center is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and equipped for wireless access. Patient treatment laboratories and Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic clinics are all newly renovated. A student clinic renovation is planned. The design will provide flexibility and improved patient flow to further enhance students’ clinical education.


U of L has emerged as a leader in oral biology research with world class faculty members respected for their discoveries.

  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/National Institutes of Health (NIH) ranked the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in the upper tier of all dental schools, rising from 36th in 2002.
  • ULSD grant funding increased from $2 million in 2002-2003 to $8.5 million in 2010.

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry research program is divided into two sections: the Birth Defects Center and the Oral Health and Systemic Disease Group. Read more...

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