Dental History

For more information on Dental History, visit the History of Dentistry website.

Tracing a Dental Ancestor

Dentists can be traced using the Dentists Register from 1879 onwards. Before this date trade directories from the early 19th century give the names of local dentists. Both the Dentists Register and Glasgow trade directories are available in the College Library.

Archives containing details about dentists include:

  • Examination Registers - Dentists who acquired their qualifications from the College can be found in the Examination Registers. The earliest of these is the register for Licentiates in Dental Surgery, which runs from 1879-1961
  • Minute Books - An index is available giving details of dental issues within the College minute books between 1878 and 1921. We also hold Dental Committee and Council minutes from 1935 onwards
  • Private Papers and Records of Societies - Dental treatments can be found among general medical notebooks and in the proceedings of Glasgow medical societies. The minute books of the Glasgow Odontological Society may also contain useful information

History of Dental Education at the College

1612

  • Peter Lowe, the founder of the College, writes about teeth and illustrates eight types of dental instuments in the 2nd edition of "The Whole Art of Chyrurgerie"

1878

  • Passing of the Dentists Act, 187
  • Faculty (now Royal College) of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh are permitted to grant licentiateships in dental surgery

1879

  • Glasgow Faculty elects a Dental Board on 19th January
  • In April the first candidates present themselves for examination for the Licence of Dental Surgery

1920

  • RCPSG introduces the Higher Dental Diploma

1921

  • Passing of the Dentists Act, 1921
  • Council of the RCPSG creates a Dental Committee to advise on dental matters

1948

  • Licence of Dental Surgery superseded by Bachelor of Dental Surgery qualification awarded by universities
  • Dental School becomes part of Glasgow University and RCPSG concentrates on postgraduate dental qualifications

1949

  • The Diploma in Dental Orthopaedics is established

1967

  • The Higher Dental Diploma is superseded by the Fellowship in Dental Surgery
  • The Dental Committee is superseded by the new Dental Council

1982

  • Membership in General Dental Surgery is introduced

1989

  • Membership in Clinical Community Dentistry is introduced

1990

  • The Dental Fellows collectively become the Dental Faculty
  • The Convenor of the Dental Council changed to the Dean of the Dental Faculty

2002

  • Dean of the Dental Faculty is now Vice President (Dental)

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