10 Best Dental Schools in Nigeria (2023, Accredited)

Dentistry also known as dental and oral medicine is a branch of medicine that consist of the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity.

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This course is one of the best courses to study as a student in health science, an already lucrative course. Usually, schools that offers Medicine and Surgery also offers dentistry. It takes 6 years to study this course in Nigeria.

This course had been in the country for a long while. However, not all school in the country study it. For the schools that offers this course, their packages are not just equal as some of them had put their name forward to be known as some of the best dental schools in Nigeria.

List of Accredited Dental Schools in Nigeria (Latest Ranking, 2024)

Some of the 10 best schools to study dentistry in Nigeria and their locations are discussed below and they include:

College Of Medicine, University Of Lagos, Idi-Raba

The University of Lagos popularly known as UNILAG has one of the best dental school known as the Faculty of Dental Sciences. This faculty was established in 1964.

This is the oldest dental school in West Africa. Aside being the oldest dental school in Nigeria, it is one of the best dental academic institution in the country.

This school is located in the College of Medicine in Idi Araba. The school had produced some of the best dental surgeons in the country.

College Of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

The Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U) has a dental school which is located within College of Health Sciences. This school was established 1975 and remains the third oldest continuously operating dental school in the country.

The dental school is a place for people who loves excellence. This could remain one of the best in the country and had produced a lot of specialists in the field.

College Of Medicine, University Of Ibadan

University of Ibadan popularly known as UI is the first University in Nigeria, this earned it the name “the premier university in Nigeria”.

This university had been in existence before Nigeria got her independence. This is one of the best university to study dentistry in the country.

It had produced dental surgeons whom are known to have performed well at the international level.

Aside producing well-known dental surgeons, this school had also notable alumni such as Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, Kohn Omoniyi Abiri, Sidique Abubakar among others.

College Of Medical Sciences, University Of Benin

College of medical sciences in University of Benin is one of the best places to study medical sciences in the country.

UNIBEN as the University of Benin is called is one of the first-generation universities in the country.

This university was founded in 1970 and is located in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Aside being one of the best in terms of dentistry, the school is regarded as one of the best in the country. The school is made up of lot of seasoned academicians.

Faculty Of Dentistry, Bayero University Kano

This faculty is the newest faculty in the university. According to the information found on the faculties page online, the mission statement of the faculty is to train high level dental manpower with excellence in diagnosis, management and prevention of oral and peri-oral disease conditions and with acquisition of skills relevant to the planning of oral health needs of the North-western zone of Nigeria in particular and the nation in Nigeria.

In this school, the programme is very rigorous and does not operate the credit systems like the other faculties.

There are hardly any breaks once the students enter the clinical years and student undergo professional examinations at each level which they must pass before proceeding to the next one.

College Of Health Sciences, University Of Port Harcourt

The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) is a Federal Government owned Nigerian university located in the city of Port Harcourt.

It was established in 12975 as University College, Port Harcourt before it was given it current status in 1977.

This university was ranked the sixth in Africa and the first in Nigeria by the Times Higher Education in 2015.

The dental school of the University of Port Harcourt is one of the best in the country.

College Of Medical Sciences, University Of Maiduguri

The dental school of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) under the College of medical sciences is one of the best in the country and one of the foremost schools in the northern part of the country.

UNIMAID is located in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno. This university is owned by the federal government of Nigeria and was established in 1975.

College Of Medicine, Lagos State University, Ikeja

This dental school found in the Lagos State University College of Medicine was established 1999.

It is currently one of the best place to study dentistry in the country.

College Of Medicine, Niger Delta University

The Niger Delta University admitted its first set of medical/dental students during the 2001/2002 session.

This college is known to provide a solid scientific and professional basis for healthcare practice on the platform of the Primary Health Care (PHC).

This is achieved by training the students to practice evidence-based medical and allied medical sciences anywhere in the world.

College Of Medicine, University Of Nigeria, Enugu Campus

The University of Nigeria Nsukka’s dental school is one of the best dental schools in Nigeria. this is found in the College of Medicine at the Enugu campus.


As a way of concluding this article, it’s important to note that this course has a requirement which includes both O’ level requirement and UTME requirement.

For the O’ Level requirement, a student is expected to have minimum of 5 credits including Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.  The specific UTME subject combination for dentistry in the country includes English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

It is also very important to mind your UTME score which is also a requirement that varies depending on the university you wish to enroll in.

Check their individual requirements and work toward achieving them, so that you would be eligible to attend any of these top universities where you can study dentistry.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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