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Diseases of Oral and Maxiloofacial Hard and Soft Tissues

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Objectives and Content

he KOS block includes diseases, pain, deformities and injuries in the oro-maxillo-facial area, and it is divided into the following subjects:

  • Patient assessment and patient records
  • Tissue reactions
  • Examination techniques and sample taking
  • Hygiene and surgery
  • Dental eruption problems
  • Infections
  • Cysts
  • Skin and mucous membrane complaints
  • Oro-facial pain and jaw joint problems
  • Tumours and reactive changes
  • Salivary glands and maxillary sinuses
  • Traumatology (head, facial and jaw injuries and dental traumas*)
  • Methods for the replacement of missing teeth (braces, autotransplantation of teeth and dental implant treatment)
  • Jaw anomalies, defects and rehabilitation
  • Radiation injuries to soft tissue and bone resulting from the treatment of cancer in the head/neck region

* Endodontics, Pedodontics and Oral surgery and oral medicine have drawn up a joint interdisciplinary teaching programme for dental trauma. Teaching in the autumn semester is organised under Pedodontics.

For more details about the KOS block, see this web address: http://www.uib.no/odfa/undervisning/index.htm

Learning Outcomes


The students are expected to acquire sufficient theoretical knowledge to be able to carry out a practical/clinical examination and radiographic assessment and also to take independent responsibility for the patient¿s primary diagnosis, prophylaxis, treatment, medication and follow-up. They should have sufficient knowledge of oral pathology to be able to understand a histological description and know which treatment is required on the basis of the diagnosis. They should also be able to interpret results from a microbiological examination included in patient treatment. Students should also learn to understand their own professional limitations and be able to refer patients to specialists to guarantee them the best possible care.


The teaching of clinical skills is done by the subject areas Oral surgery and oral medicine and Oral radiology. See separate course descriptions for Oral surgery and oral medicine and Oral radiology.


The students are expected to develop ethical attitudes to ensure that they, as qualified dentists, will treat and take care of their patients in the manner required by the health authorities and expected by patients.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

eaching in the KOS block is interdisciplinary, integrated and case and problem-oriented. Teaching takes the form of lectures/seminars with one or more academic teachers/clinical specialists present, at which interdisciplinary discussion is encouraged in order to activate the students. All learning material is available on the faculty intranet (the KOS block home page and/or the student portal). Teaching extends over 4 semesters (fourth and fifth year of studies). The students in each year are divided into 4 groups, and each group is assigned one or more thematic assignments in each course. The assignments usually include both a clinical description and follow-up with relevant examinations (X-ray, microscopic image of biopsy, microbiology). The student will make a diagnosis and suggest treatment based on this information. To conclude a topic, each group presents their solution of one assignment in a plenary meeting at which the rest of the class and the subject teachers have an opportunity to comment on their presentation. The group's final answer is based on the plenary discussion and feedback from subject teachers. The teacher responsible for the topic will post the answers to the assignments on the home page of the KOS block after they have been approved and commented upon.

Clinical teaching is described under the course description for the subject area Oral surgery and oral medicine.

Forms of Assessment

An integrated semester test will be held at the end of the eighth and ninth semesters,

and an integrated four-hour written exam will be held at the end of the tenth semester.

If the semester test is not passed, a student can resit the test up to 2 times.

Evaluation of clinical service.

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