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Undergraduate course

Anatomy: Dental Anatomy and General Anatomy

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeTPBAANA
  • Number of semesters2
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Teaching semester

Autumn + spring (2 consecutive semesters)

Objectives and Content

The aim of the teaching in anatomy is for the student to acquire knowledge in normal anatomical structure of the body and its various cells and tissues and organ systems. The main focus is on the tooth anatomy, anatomy of the head and neck region and oral biology.

The teaching in anatomy covers tooth anatomy, cell biology, general anatomy, and anatomy of the head and neck. In cell biology and general anatomy there will be a general introduction to the body structure, the cell structure, organization of cells into tissues, and composition of tissues to organs and body parts. In tooth anatomy it will be given a detailed introduction to the compartments of the masticatory apparatus, and structure and special shape of the teeth in the deciduous and permanent dentitions.

Learning Outcomes


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

  • Some important anatomical definitions (some also in Latin).
  • The normal structures of the body generally at cell-, tissue- and organ level.
  • The normal anatomy of the head and neck as well as adjacent areas.
  • The nerve supply of teeth in detail as the basis for the safe administration of local infiltration anaesthesia.
  • The normal structures of dental and oral tissues.
  • The normal morphology of the human teeth.
  • The normal development of teeth, their eruption and exfoliation as well as the most common congenital malformations of the face.
  • The most used nomenclature system for human teeth.


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

  • Identify and name human deciduous and permanent teeth using the most used nomenclature system for human teeth.
  • Communicate within the health team by using anatomical concepts and definitions.

Access to the Course

Bachelor of Dental Hygiene

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Lectures, practical course, seminars and colloquiums (approx. 60 hours in total).

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Practical course in tooth anatomy and seminars.

There will be given a 2 hour test (practical and written) at the end of the dental anatomy course in the autumn semester. This test has to be approved before students can take the final exam.

Forms of Assessment

4 hour written exam.

Examination Support Material

Simple, bilingual dictionary, that must be reviewable, meaning that one of the languages must be English, or a Scandinavian language.

Grading Scale


Course Evaluation

Written evaluation using electronic/digital evaluation tool.


Department of Biomedicine

Course coordinator:
Arne TjĂžlsen, https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Arne.Tj%C3%B8lsen

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