The dental and dental hygiene clinics have more than 280 operatories with separate areas for pediatric dentistry, oral surgery and radiology.  The clinic also contains an Innovation Clinic equipped with different operatory equipment provided by various dental manufacturers so students can test out various care delivery systems.   Newer technology, such as electric handpieces, integrated ultrasonic units, Cerec acquisition and milling units, digital radiology (both plates and sensors), NOMAD units and axiUm (electronic patient record program) are available in the general clinic for use by students.  The school uses an evidence-based approach to the disposables and supplies used in the clinic and recently incorporated a different impression system and started fabricating milled complete dentures.

The school is also home to Advanced Education Programs in Periodontics, Orthodontics, Endodontics and General Dentistry as well as joint programs in Oral Surgery and Pediatric Dentistry.


Three large lecture halls and five smaller classrooms/seminar rooms. All lecture halls are equipped with networked computers and modern projection systems.


Two dental preclinical simulation facilities with fully equipped working stations; an anatomical model laboratory.

Health Science Library

The Health Sciences Library located within the School of Medicine and adjacent to the School of Dentistry supports the curricular, scholarly and research activities of the students, faculty and staff. Extending beyond the library walls through electronic resources are nearly three hundred online databases, over two hundred online journal titles specific to Dentistry and thousands of journals in related Health Sciences, Chemistry, and Engineering that pertain to dental research and practice. Housed within the library physical collection includes over four hundred journal titles and over seventeen thousand monographs.  All UMKC students have full access to each of the UMKC libraries as well as the opportunity to establish user accounts to the Linda Hall Library, the world’s foremost independent research library devoted to science, engineering and technology, located adjacent to the Volker campus.  

Study Commons

Located on the third floor of the School of Dentistry is a space allocated for students to gather and study. There are seating areas to accommodate varying study habits and forty-eight computer stations available for student work. Twenty-eight computers are arranged in a computer lab available for hands-on training.

Community Affiliations

Teaching relationships exist with many area community health centers, area hospitals, including Children's Mercy Hospital, Saint Luke's Hospital, Truman Medical Center and other community organization such as University Academy..


The school also supports a full-service Biomedical Communication Department that contributes significantly to its educational and administrative missions. The Health Sciences Bookstore supplies all textbook, and some supply needs of the student body; it is housed on the Health Sciences Campus.

Dental student spend time providing care in the Kansas City metro area and at Community Health Centers around the state.