The Maritime Dental College was founded in 1908 and quartered in rooms provided by Dalhousie University in the Forrest Building. In 1912, the Maritime Dental College became the Faculty of Dentistry of Dalhousie University. The Dentistry building, which was opened in 1958 and extensively enlarged and renovated in 1980, serves as the principal clinical, didactic teaching, and research base of the faculty.
Located on the East Coast of North America, Dalhousie's Faculty of Dentistry is the only dental school in Atlantic Canada. The faculty possesses a unique combination of strengths in basic science research and curriculum development. The mission of the Faculty of Dentistry is to promote health in a caring and compassionate way through oral and maxillofacial health based education, research, and service. The educational program is supplemented by clinics and demonstrations in metro hospitals and faculty operated community based clinics. These arrangements enable students to obtain extensive and varied clinical instruction and experience.