Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Anatomy and Physiology of the Oral Cavity

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Dental Surgery

DESCRIPTION This study unit provides foundation knowledge of oral and dental anatomy, human tooth morphology, oral histology and oral physiology. It develops the base-line knowledge of oral and para-oral structures and tissues and the structure and function of permanent and deciduous teeth.

Study-unit Aims

This aims of this study unit is to provide dental hygiene students with a thorough understanding of the normal anatomy and physiology of oral structures and their surrounding structures in depth.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Define the structures of the oral tissues both in gross structure and histology including, enamel, dentine, pulp, cementum, periodontium, bone, oral mucosa, salivary glands, tonsils, and lymph nodes.
- demonstrate an understanding of how the oral structures function together including salivation, swallowing, oral pain transmission etc.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Name and identify each tooth and be able to describe its structure including roots, crown, pits fissures and cusps, pulp chamber and root canals
- Explain how teeth and supporting structures form in depth
- Describe all the oral and dental tissues histologically
- Discuss various functions performed by the oral cavity
- Discuss the mechanisms of pain
- Describe methods and tools available for assessing pain
- Discuss the role of the oral cavity as part of vital functions such as speech, mastication, swallowing, taste and smell.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: Mosby; 4 edition (22 Jan 2009)
• Language English
• ISBN-10: 0723434115
• ISBN-13: 978-0723434115 (available)

• Paperback: 144 pages
• Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 Jan 1983)
• Language English
• ISBN-10: 0723606668
• ISBN-13: 978-0723606666 (available)

Clinical Oral Physiology
Miles, Nauntofte, Svensson 2004 ISBN: 1850970912 (available)

Clinical Oral Physiology by Timothy S. Miles, Birgitte Nauntofte and Peter Svensson 2004
ISBN 1850970912 (available- there is a 2012, 8th edition that should be acquired)

ADDITIONAL NOTES Please note that a pass in all assessment components is obligatory for an overall pass mark to be awarded.

Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical [See Add. Notes] (35 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 20%
Assignment [See Add. Notes] SEM1 Yes 30%
Examination [See Add. Notes] (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Christianne Coppini
Emad Eddin
Gabriella Gatt

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