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Unit information: Oral Surgery Medicine and Pathology in 2015/16

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Unit name Oral Surgery Medicine and Pathology
Unit code DENT20014
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Miss. Sarah Bain
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


The module is designed to provide the student the underpinning knowledge of general pathology, and oral medicine and oral surgery including presentation and management of infective and non-infective human diseases. The relevance of the common human diseases to the management of the practice of dentistry will be emphasised. Developmental anomalies of the dentition, pathological aspects of dental extractions, and systemic diseases affecting dentistry will also be studied. Common oral surgery procedures and their complications will be taught.


This module is designed to study conditions affecting the oral tissues and will enable the student to have knowledge of the features of malignancy and potentially malignant lesions and conditions in the oral mucosa and of making an appropriate referral. The effects of smoking on the oral tissues, and problems and complications associated with the extraction of teeth in the primary and secondary dentition will also be studied.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Be familiar with the manifestations of common human diseases and disorders relevant to the practice of Dental Hygiene including their investigation and management.
  • Be familiar with the main medical disorders that may impinge on dental treatment.
  • Be familiar with the pathological features and dental relevance of common disorders of the major organ systems.
  • Have knowledge of the principles involved in inflammation, immunology, wound healing, neoplasias and the spread of infection.
  • Be familiar with the physiology of ageing and the management of problems associated with the care of the older adult.

Teaching details

Lecture Small group study Clinical treatment session Independent study.

Assessment Details

Oral Medicine Formative assessment 2 essay questions 30 minutes each 50% pass mark Oral Pathology Formative assessment 2 essay questions 30 minutes each 50% pass mark Continuous assessment via clinic reporting on patients as part of their clinical placements.

Reading and References

A clinical guide to Oral Medicine (2nd Edition) Lamey and Lewis

Oral Medicine (4th Edition) Tyldesley/Field ISBN 01926 2626

Essentials of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine (7th Edition) Cawson and Odell