The mission of the Department is to serve the people and dental profession of the State by providing a center for teaching, scholarly activity, and patient care concerning the diagnosis and management of disorders and abnormalities of the oral and maxillofacial region. To fulfill this mission the Department provides instruction for dental auxiliary, predoctoral, and postdoctoral education students, as well as graduate students of other schools in the University. Faculty are committed to the advancement of teaching through the development of enhanced and innovative teaching methods. The research mission of the Department is grounded in the basic physical, chemical, biological, epidemiological, and clinical sciences. Department research is directed toward:
- the creation of knowledge through biological and clinical investigations of the diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region, and
- laboratory and clinical testing of new diagnostic systems.
Members of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences provide patient care at the pre-doctoral, postdoctoral, and private practice levels in the areas of general dentistry, oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial pathology, and oral and maxillofacial radiology. The Department also provides continuing education to the dental profession in North Carolina and beyond for the purposes of improving diagnosis and management of diseases and abnormalities of the oral and maxillofacial region.