DENT 521

Oral Pathology

Dolphine Oda

3 Credits / Quarter 5 (Autumn, Second Year)

Course Description

The first of a two-quarter course that is a survey of the diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region in lecture and laboratory format. Among the conditions discussed are diseases of teeth and their supporting structures, diseases of oral epithelium including oral cancer, chronic immune-mediated cutaneous and mucosal diseases and other oral soft tissue diseases including the salivary gland tissue. In addition, oral manifestations of infectious diseases including sexually transmitted diseases will be covered. Correlations between clinical findings, etiologic factors, and histopathologic features are stressed. Attendance in both the laboratory and lectures is required.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge of various diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region. The main objectives of this course are for the student to (1) identify Oral & Maxillofacial disease pathogenesis (2) recognize and detect Oral & Maxillofacial diseases (3) correlate the histopathology with the clinical presentation of a disease (4) investigate Oral & Maxillofacial clinical problems and reach a working differential diagnosis (5) appropriately manage & treat diseases within the scope of a general practitioner (6) refer Oral & Maxillofacial diseases which are beyond the scope of a general practitioner (7) be able to describe how to handle a Pathology Specimen including the type of fixative, packaging, shipping, and the filling of a Pathology Request form and (8) be able to interpret a pathology report using histopathology descriptive terms.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: developmental/congenital conditions; epithelial diseases including oral cancer; soft tissue lesions; immune-mediated mucocutaneous diseases; salivary gland lesions; sexually transmitted diseases/AIDS; and infectious diseases of the oral cavity; oral manifestation of systemic diseases; odontogenic neoplasms; adverse effects of medicinal substances; oral cysts; and bone pathology.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 3: Formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on diagnostic findings, then implement treatment in a safe, properly sequenced and timely manner.
  • UWSOD Competency 5: Recognize the limits of their expertise and seek consultation with other health care providers to facilitate patient care.
  • UWSOD Competency 11: Diagnose and manage hard and soft tissue lesions and diseases of the orofacial complex.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 22: Utilize critical thinking in assessing technical and scientific information for use in identifying patient needs and treatments.


*last updated: 11/7/2011

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