Ohio State University College of Dentistry says $95M expansion will up admissions by 10%

Officials at Columbus-based Ohio State University College of Dentistry expect its $95 million expansion project to be complete this summer, according to The Lantern.

Four years ago, the university got approval from the Board of Trustees to add 130,000 square feet of space for dental students. The college of dentistry expects admissions to increase by 10 percent with the new space. Currently, Ohio State University College of Dentistry is the only state dental school, educating 63 percent of the state's dentists, college of dentistry dean Patrick Lloyd, DDS, told The Lantern.

Dental students will have access to eight small-group practice clinics and four surgery units. University officials wanted the new space to be designed for increased collaboration between dental and dental hygiene students.

With the new surgery rooms, Ohio State University College of Dentistry will be the first dental school in the U.S. to offer patients general anesthesia, Dr. Lloyd said. The new space will have an expanded radiology clinic for oral imaging, a dental faculty practice, a central equipment sterilization facility and a two-story atrium, reports The Lantern.

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