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Clinical skills course, orthodontics

  • ECTS credits1
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeOD3KJEVE
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian/ Scandinavian
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ECTS Credits

1 ECTS credit

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

Orthodontics concerns the study of:

  • development and growth of the head, face and jaws
  • the development and function of dentition, jaws and craniofacial complex
  • examination and diagnosis of growth, occlusion and eruption anomalies.

The academic content includes basic principles about diagnosis of error in the position of teeth and jaws, treatment needs and timing of treatment, prevention possibilities, effects of different types of various orthodontic appliances and indications and contra-indication for their use.

Learning Outcomes


The candidate is able to explain:

  • basic aspects of occlusion development and diagnosis of eruption anomalies.
  • basic aspects of the need and indication for orthodontic treatment.
  • when and how various types of malocclusions should be treated.
  • basic aspects of the principles for orthodontic treatment at various ages, the mechanisms and effects of the fixed, removable and functional orthodontic appliances.
  • basic aspects of the principles for the correction of defects in tooth- and jaw position in an interdisciplinary treatment, and principles of orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. 


The candidate is able to:

  • assess the need and timing as well as basic planning for orthodontic treatment.
  • inform patients and parents/ guardians about the need (if there is one) for orthodontic treatment and what the treatment involves.
  • refer patients with treatment needs to an orthodontic specialist and communicate and collaborate with the specialist about the treatment.
  • prevent the development of local teeth defects and initiate treatment to break habits that have diverse effects on the development of the patient's occlusion.
  • carry out basic cephalometric analysis, analysis of study models and planning of basic, orthodontic treatment with simple appliances.

General qualifications

The candidate is be able to:

  • identify growth-, eruption- and occlusal anomalies and inform about orthodontic treatment needs (if there is one).
  • explain problems of malocclusions, the impact of treatment (or no treatment) and inform the patient and/or  parents/ guardians about the social security benefits associated with orthodontic treatment.
  • explain the principle of the treatment of various types of malocclusions and of orthodontic treatment with different orthodontic appliances and approaches.

Required Previous Knowledge

Completed 5th semester of Master of dentistry

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Master of Dentistry, MAOD-ODONT

Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Independent work
  • Group assignments
  • Clinically related teaching
  • Case presentations
  • Practical training

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved introductory course, clinical practice/seminars and written, clincal evaluation trials is a prerequisite for sitting the final exam of the course.,

Forms of Assessment

The student must have passed participation in the following activities:

  • 100% attendance in compulsory activities
  • Approved independent work
  • Approved group assignment
  • Approved practical training
  • Approved case presentations

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

Passed/ Failed

Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list will be ready within the 1st of December the year before the teaching commences. It will be made available through MittUiB.

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated in accordance with the system of quality assurance of UiB every 3rd year.

Programme Committee

The board for studies in odontology

Course Coordinator

Professor Keijo A. Luukko

Course Administrator

Department of clinical dentistry

Exam information