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Campus Walk: UK College of Dentistry

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2019) – The University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry is a national leader with its unique curriculum that offers students a variety of opportunities to change lives.

As technology has changed and advanced, so have the ways dentists treat patients. UK’s College of Dentistry is keeping up with those changes by offering a state-of-the-art digital dentistry program that gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn, while also keeping traditional dentistry at the forefront of student education.

Dentistry students are able to gain hands-on experience through a simulation lab and faculty and staff-guided lessons with the more than forty 3D scanners on campus. Students also work directly with patients through an on-campus clinic.

“This college was founded in 1962 on three premises: we want our students to be biologically oriented, technically capable and socially sensitive. Today, those are still the parameters of what we think make a good dentist,” said Jeffrey Okeson, interim dean of the UK College of Dentistry. “We know that our graduates carry that philosophy with them, wherever they practice across the world.”

In this campus walk, go inside UK College of Dentistry with Okeson to learn about the challenging, but rewarding curriculum that will help students to one day change peoples’ lives – one smile at a time.  

About Jeffrey Okeson

Okeson was named interim dean of the UK College of Dentistry in September of 2019. Okeson has been a full-time faculty member at UK for 45 years. He currently serves as the Orofacial Pain program director. He founded the UK Orofacial Pain Clinic in 1977. He previously served as chair of the Department of Oral Health Science. During his tenure at UK, Okeson has received numerous awards. He has been honored with UK’s campus-wide Great Teacher Award, the Provost’s Distinguished Service Professorship and received the first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Dentistry.

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This is a photo of UK Interim College of Dentistry Dean Jeffrey Okeson.
This is a photo of students with the Hispanic Student Dental Association learning and working with patients at the Mission Clinic.

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