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Undergraduate course

Oral Biology part 2

  • ECTS credits7
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeOD1ORBI2
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The teaching includes detailed lectures in normal development, anatomy, and histology of teeth, periodontium, oral mucosa, salivary glands and adjacent tissues, temporomandibular joint and normal nerve and vascular supply of teeth as well as periodontium. Additionally lectures are given in the developmental and eruption timetable of deciduous and permanent teeth. Furthermore, examples are given of typical developmental aberrations in masticatory apparatus and oral tissues.

The teaching includes also some lectures in oral physiology about function of salivary glands, physiology of the dental pulp, and dental pain. The aim is to understand the normal development, structure and function of the tissues, the development of diseases, and pain from oral tissues and face, and the prevention of disease in these tissues.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:


  • Define basic concepts of oral biology.
  • Explain in detail the anatomical and histological structure and function of the tissues in the oral cavity and adjoining areas.
  • Give a detailed presentation of normal development and anatomy, and the histological structure of teeth, the supporting tissues, oral mucosa in different parts of the oral cavity, salivary glands and adjoining tissues and temporomandibular joint as well as normal nerve and vascular supply for teeth and periodontium.
  • Have detailed knowledge on the timetable for the development and eruption of deciduous and permanent dentitions.


  • Use the acquired detailed knowledge in oral biology in connection with diagnostics (normal healthy tissues and organs versus unhealthy in young and older patients), development of diseases, developmental aberrations, prevention of disease, and clinical interventions later in the clinical studies and patient work.
  • Describe the anatomical, histological and physiological background to clinical oral problems.
  • Explain the timetable for the development and eruption of deciduous and permanent dentitions.
  • Identify normal cells, tissues and organs in oral cavity and adjacent structures in histological sections.
  • Conduct assessment of developmental stage of each tooth in young patients in dental X rays.


  • Use light microscope.
  • Acquire information from scientific articles on oral biology and physiological subjects.

Required Previous Knowledge

Part 1 of the course must be approved before the student can take part 2.

Access to the Course

Master of Dentistry

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Teaching takes the form of lectures and a microscopy course (approx. 50 hours in total). The students keep course records that are submitted and corrected.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The microscopy course is mandatory. The course records must be approved before students can take the final exam.

Forms of Assessment

4 hour written exam.

Grading Scale


Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (corona virus) the scale of pass/fail will be utilized in the written exam in the spring semester of 2021.

Course Evaluation

Written evaluation using electronic/digital evaluation tool.


Department of Biomedicine

Course coordinator:
Päivi Kettunen, http://uib.no/persons/Paivi.Kettunen