The theoretical and practical teaching of stomatology started at the Medical Faculty of the István Tisza University of Debrecen, opened in the autumn of 1914, in the second term of the 1934/35 academic year. The opening ceremony of the Department of Stomatology, which was located in the wing of the Clinic of Ophthalmology, took place on November 30, 1940. The self-contained building intended for patient care and dentistry training and today housed in the old wing of the Faculty, was inaugurated in 1981. Since 2003 patient care has been coordinated by the Faculty of Dentistry.
2. Main areas of care and medical specialties
As a result of recent developments, we have at our disposal the diagnostic and treatment equipment, instruments, tools, and techniques that are necessary today for most up-to-date patient care in Europe. All this completes the development process aimed at making the University of Debrecen a priority center of regional patient care in Hungary. In addition to regional specialized care (oral surgery, orthodontics, and dental radiology), our institution wishes to cover the entire field of dentistry by providing national-level specialized care (paying particular attention to patients with systemic diseases). In addition to patient care, the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Debrecen places great emphasis on dentistry training and research.
3. Types of medical care and services
Fields of outpatient care: pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, periodontology, oral surgery, maxillo-facial surgery, dental X-ray, dental primary care (within the framework of patient care performed by medical students).
Inpatient care takes place at the Dental, Oral and Maxillo-Facial surgery inpatient department. This is also where the oncological, oral restorative prosthetic and trauma patients of the region are treated.
4. Data related to patient care
Outpatients are treated in 23 dental surgery rooms, in 93 treatment units. The Faculty of Dentistry treats 8,000-8,500 patients per year in ten primary care units in a total of 210 working hours per week primarily within the framework of patient care performed by medical students.
The 12 national-level dental care units treat patients from the entire territory of the country in a total of 240 working hours per week. In the past ten years a total of 40,381 patients received care in 161,009 cases.
In addition to the nation-wide specialty care regions, ‘50,000 areas’ also belong to the Faculty of Dentistry, 4 oral surgery, 2 orthodontics, and 2 X-ray specialty care areas, with a weekly 30 hour workload each.
Maxillofacial surgery specialist care, with 28 working hours per week, is the Faculty’s busiest specialist practice, with about 2,500 patients per year amounting to roughly 8-10,000 cases.
5. Technology and development projects
Teaching and patient care are assisted by surgery microscopes, oral scanners, and a 3D printer. Graduate and postgraduate education is facilitated by our digital auditorium that is unique in Europe and enables teaching using the most up-to-date technologies.
Linked to the wing of the otolaryngology clinic, in 2011 the Clinic was extended with a four-story wing, where the Inpatient Department of Oro-maxillary Surgery has been housed ever since.