Chukwuneke, who is the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) said the number was at least the minimum to cover the 36 states and Abuja.
He said that the current number of dental surgeons in the country was inadequate to take care of a population of about 190 million people.
“For now, the number of oral and maxillofacial surgeons is inadequate considering the importance of oral health to the life of any person.
“When you also consider the country’s population of about 190 million people, you see that we needed more oral and maxillofacial surgeons,’’ he said.
The dean encouraged more students to study dentistry as the employment potential of the course was high within and outside the country.
“The course is very lucrative globally and it has a bright future prospect,’’ Chukwuneke.