Established in 1997, the National Dental Centre Singapore is part of the SingHealth public healthcare cluster network of 3 hospitals, 5 specialty centres and 9 polyclinics. It is the main referral centre for patients needing specialist oral healthcare in Singapore.
The Centre aims to be a leading organization for quality oral healthcare. It aspires to deliver quality care to every patient through comprehensive, integrated clinical practices, innovation and lifelong learning. It provides a unique environment for dental professionals.
Patient care is delivered through 3 clinical departments. Our specialists work in multi-disciplinary teams, managing patients with simple and complex dental or oro-facial problems. The Centre offers sub-specialty services in Dento-facial Deformities Management and Oral & Craniofacial implants.
The Centre functions primarily as a referral centre for patients requiring specialist attention. It attends to over 600 patients daily. Referrals come from the network of primary care polyclinics, public sector hospitals, School Dental Service, the Singapore Armed Forces and from the private sector.
The Centre’s specialists also work closely with doctors from other specialist institutions including the National Cancer Centre Singapore, National Heart Centre Singapore and the Singapore National Eye Centre to provide multi-disciplinary care for patients with complex conditions.
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EDUCATION & TRAINING
The National Dental Centre Singapore is committed to the development of dental professionals in Singapore, contributing teaching and education expertise and resource to set the standards of specialty practice in Singapore.
Our staff serve as clinical teachers at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Dentistry, on the undergraduate programme. The Centre offers training programmes that lead to the award of Masters in Dental Surgery degrees by the NUS. Our General Practice Programme provides dental officers with training opportunities for improving their diagnostic and clinical skills.
The Centre is a major provider of continuing dental education opportunities, offering over 150 hours of education events annually. Our staff frequently undergo training to upgrade their skills and knowledge and we share our experience through a myriard of CPE activities.
Support members of the dental team also benefit from the strong training culture at NDCS. The national training programme for dental surgery assistants was pioneered here in August 2002 and is currently offered in partnership with the local vocational institute, Institute of Technical Education (ITE). Similarly, a certification training programme for dental technicians leading to a NITEC Certificate in Dental Technology has been available at the Centre since February 2002.
The Centre’s role as a major tertiary referral centre within a medical hub strategically positions it to carry out clinical and translational research in Oral Health Sciences to provide solutions for clinical problems. Research studies at the Centre range from animal, lab, to clinical studies and trials.
We seek to improve the quality and outcomes of patient care in dentistry in Singapore, discover and develop new or novel methods of best treatment for difficult problems and collaborate with other institutions locally or abroad to develop the best science and practice in both clinical care and research. In moving research ahead, the Centre also emphasizes talent development, actively supporting its clinicians in their PhD pursuit.
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