Oral Surgery and Special Needs Dentistry

Subject DENT90082 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 96 hours (indicative)
Total Time Commitment:



Successful completion of all Semester 1 (Teaching Blocks 1 and 2) 3rd year DDS subjects.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Melbourne Dental School

4th floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500

Email: enquiries@dent.unimelb.edu.au


Subject Overview:

This subject covers the clinical practice of oral surgery, including the extraction of teeth and minor surgical procedures and special needs dentistry. Special Needs Dentistry is a speciality field of dental practice related to the provision of dental care to patients who are disabled in some way or their general health is severely compromised thus requiring modification to way care is provided or instituted.


On completion of this subject, the student will be competent to:

  • recognise the fundamental role that oral medicine, pathology and surgery have in prevention and management of oral disease;
  • understand that oral disease must be related to the whole ptient and not considered in isolation;
  • recognise the need for referral in those situations which cannot be successfully managed in general dental practice or require specialist advice or intervention;
  • recognise the nature, pathogenesis and management of diseases and disorders affecting oral tissues, including the oral manifestations of systemic diseases, oro-facial pain, periodontal diseases, malocclusion and dental caries;
  • recognise the behavioural and management aspects of patients including people with disabilities;
  • identify complicated psychological or social histories, problems of anxiety pain control or physical handicaps, of the homebound, hospitalised and institutionalised;
  • demonstrate professional knowledge and self-confidence necessary to propose appropriate treatment plans for oral pathological disorders;
  • apply the basic clinical skills required to diagnose surgical conditions affecting the head and neck;
  • perform appropriate surgical procedures involved in the extraction of teeth.
  1. 1 x 15 minute case presentation on oral surgery during Block 3 (20%);
  2. 1 x 1 hour oral group presentation on combined Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Special Needs Dentistry, during Block 4 (10%)
  3. 1 x 20 minute viva voce examination on material covered in oral surgery, oral medicine and special needs dentistry at the end of Block 4 (20%)
  4. 1 x 2 hour written examination on oral surgery, oral medicine and special needs dentistry during Block 4 (50%)
Prescribed Texts:

Cawson RA, Odell EW, Porter SR 2002 Cawson's Essentials of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine, Elsevier Health Sciences

Haveles EB 2000 Delmar's Dental Drug Reference, Thomson Learning

Howe G Minor Oral Surgery, Butterworth-Heinemann, 3rd ed

Marx RE, Stern D Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology - A Rationale for Diagnosis and Treatment, Quintessence Publishing C, Inc

Pedlar J, Frame JW Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: An Objective-Based Textbook, Churchill Livingstone, 2nd Rev. Ed.

Peterson LJ (ed) Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 3rd ed, Mosby

Silverman S, Eversole LR, Truelove E 2002 Essentials of Oral Medicine, BC Decker Inc, Hamilton, London

Scully C et al 2007 Special Care in Dentistry - Handbook of Oral Healthcare, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier

Shahrokah C, Bagheri C Clinical Review of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts, to express them lucidly, whether orally or in writing, and to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • Ability and confidence to participate effectively in collaborative learning as a team-member, while respecting individual differences;
  • Highly-developed problem-solving abilities characterised by flexibility of approach;
  • Superior capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations.

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