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This subject comprises three components.
Head and Neck Anatomy: This subject component integrates the structure and function of body tissues of the head and neck including the embryology of the craniofacial region, the structure and function of the nerve and vascular supply of the head and neck, lympatic drainage of the head, osteology of the skull, myology of the head and neck and the pterygomandibular space.
Pathology: This subject component covers: inflammation and infections; defense mechanisms; immunology; healing and repair; pathological conditions causing abnormal bleeding; neoplasia and cario-vascular disease; disorders of the nervous system and endocrine system; and infectious diseases and allergies.
Plaque Related Diseases II: This subject component integrates concepts in microbiology, microbial ecology, biochemistry, immunology and physiology that are relevant to the understanding of oral health and disease. Throughout this subject students will develop knowledge regarding the common oral diseases that are caused by bacteria that are part of dental plaque, especially periodontitis and dental caries (tooth decay). Students will gain knowledge of the theoretical basis supporting the prevention of these diseases at an individual and community level.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subjects, it is expected students will be able to:
- employ the terminology of anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology oral anatomy and histology including odontogenesis as it relates to oral health care.
- discuss the principle clinical applications of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, microbial ecology, immunology, oral anatomy and histology in oral health care.
- discuss the principles of the aetiology and prevention of common oral diseases.
- summarise the mechanisms of action of primary prevention of the plaque related diseases (dental caries and periodontal diseases).
- illustrate the principles of diagnostic pathology including types of diagnostic tests available, disorders of growth and differentiation, acquired disorders of differentiation and growth, cell injury, inflammation, metabolic disorders, inherited and acquired disorders, immunopathology and neoplasia as these relate to dentistry.
- justify the application of appropriate preventive regimes for dental caries and periodontal diseases.
On completion of this subject students should be able to demonstrate:
- an ability to recognise healthy oral tissues and the clinical appearance of dental caries and periodontal disease;
- an ability to plan work and utilise time effectively.
- knowledge of the blood, lymphatic and nerve supply to tissues in the head and neck; and
- Collection, analysis and presentation;
- Time management and planning skills through class preparation, revision and assignment completion;
Last updated: 11 February 2021