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Department of Dental Surgery



The Department of Dental Surgery & Oral Health Sciences at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune was established in May 1955 to meet the mandatory requirement of Medical Council and Dental Council of India to run various medical, dental and para-dental courses with the objective of training Armed Forces Personnel. This Department has the distinction of being first in the country, to conduct Hygienist and Dental Technician courses recognized by Dental Council of India.

In order to train the Dental officers in Maxillofacial Surgery & Prosthodontics, advanced specialist course of 52 weeks duration was started which was discontinued from 1969 to 1974 due to nonavailability of postgraduate teachers. In 1974, advanced specialist course of 99 weeks duration leading concurrently to MDS degree in Prosthodontics and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery from Mumbai University was started. Subsequently advanced specialist courses in Orthodontics and Periodontology were also added in the year 1985 and 1987 respectively. Since there was no Dental Faculty at Pune University, this Department was affiliated to Bombay University for Postgraduate (MDS) courses. The duration of these courses was increased to 155 weeks wef April 1998 commensurate with the period of MDS course at Mumbai University. This affiliation changed to Pune University wef 14 Sep 2004. Presently, this College is affiliated to MUHS Nashik. Presently, in the month of May every year two selected Dental officers join the advanced courses in each speciality i.e. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics making a total of twenty-four Resident Officers for the entire duration of the course. 



         This department is dedicated to creating an academic environment where the mind is trained to shun dogma, question what is not proven and accept only the truth; to plumb the depths of our sphere of specialty for knowledge and excellence while still following the principle of convergence of all disciplines of medicine for the patients good and to encourage research that is oriented towards indigenization and national self-reliance.




Authority letters for the course : GOI, Min of Health & Family Welfare Notification No. A- 11671/MDS dt 14 Feb 2011 and MUHS letter No. MUHS/Acad/PG/E-2/500/2019 dt 02 Feb 2019

  • 1.   MDS :  3 years in 4 disciplines



  •         Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge :  02
  •         Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics :  02
  •         Oral Maxillofacial Surgery :  02
  •         Periodontology :  02

  • 2.   Senior Dental Officers  courses (Refresher) : 8 weeks duration

  • 3.   Paradental courses for Dental Technicians, Dental Hygienists & Dental Operating Room Assistants

  • 4.   Courses for Specially Trained Nursing Assistants in the speciality of Maxillofacial Surgery & Periodontology

  • 5.   MBBS :  VI term clinics, VII term theory

  • 6.   BSc Nursing : Theory / Clinics

  • 7.   Upgradation courses for specialists




The Division is capable of undertaking all types of major and minor oral and maxillofacial surgeries. The Division operates more than 200 cases per year under GA. The Division performs a plethora of surgical procedures to address a variety of maxillofacial deformities and disorders including maxillofacial trauma, management of oral premalignanat lesions, orthognathic surgery, distraction osteogenesis, temporomandibular joint surgeries, maxillofacial pathology, cleft and craniofacial surgery. The Division also performs the state of the art Total TMJ alloplastic reconstruction and TMJ Arthroscopy.




The division is capable of undertaking all types of periodontal and complex Dental Implant cases. At an average, 3-5 surgeries are performed everday which incudes periodontal flap surgery, Mucogingival cases, Maxillary sinus augmentation surgery, ridge augmentation surgery for implant placement etc. The divison is actively involved in research activities and interdisciplinary patient care.




The Division of Prosthodontics undertakes rehabilitation of completely & partially edentulous patients with removable & fixed prosthesis. The Division is a referral centre for maxillofacial rehabilitation cases from other specialities and malignant disease treatment centres. The Div is equipped with state of art eqipments namely CAD CAM technology which results in fabrication of higly aesthetic restorations in a short span of time. The average number of cases treated is approx 60-80 cases per month.




Orthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to prevention, interception and correction of malocclusion and other abnormalities of the dentofacial region. The division is equiped and trainned to provide contemporary orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic corrections.  Division has the facility for fixed orthodontic appliances, esthetic appliances, clear aligners, lingual appliances, myofucntional appliances and orthognathic surgical management.