UW School of Dentistry

OS 530

Oral Surgery (Didactic)

John Evans

1 Credit Per Quarter, 3 Credits Total / Quarters 9-11 (Autumn-Spring, Third Year)

Course Description

This is a didactic course designed to survey the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The scope of the specialty is presented at a level appropriate for the practice of general dentistry. All topics will be supported by current evidence where available. The current standard of care and the ethical and professional standards associated with the surgical care of a diverse patient population will be presented as the student proceeds through the course.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge of the principles of oral and maxillofacial surgery. This is the major didactic course that prepares students to perform dentoalveolar surgery in the clinic . In addition, the student will: (1) recognize diseases, deformities, injuries, and abnormalities treated by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, (2) know how and when to refer patients with dental and maxillofacial problems beyond the scope of a general dental practitioner to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, (3) know the basic indications and contraindications of the basic procedures performed by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon including orthognathic surgery, reconstructive surgery, implant surgery, temporomandibular joint surgery, biopsy of and surgical care of the basic pathological processes, and surgical treatment of major and minor maxillofacial infections. (4) know the common methods of pain and anxiety control available to the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. (5) understand the basic principals of exodontia, preprosthetic and pre-implant surgery as performed in the general dental office. (6) understand basic biopsy techniques and the indications for doing so. (7) understand the standards of care associated with oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as his/her professional and ethical obligations to patients with surgical needs.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: introduction to oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS); pain and anxiety management; dentoalveolar surgery; introduction to oral and maxillofacial trauma; surgical disorders of the TMJ; major and minor pre-prosthetic surgery; introduction to orthognathic surgery; oral and maxillofacial infections; pediatric OMFS; oral and maxillofacial pathology, implants, and principles of treatment or trigeminal nerve injury. Principals of professionalism and ethics will be discussed at appropriate times in the lectures.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student is expected to attend lectures, read and understand the syllabus and textbooks, and demonstrate her/his understanding of these materials through a series of quizzes given weekly and a comprehensive written test during finals week of each quarter.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

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 6: Manage acute and chronic orofacial and dental pain.
  • UWSOD Competency 8: Manage dental emergencies.
  • 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.
  • UWSOD Competency 25: Manage a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communication skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment.


  • Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Peterson, Ellis, Hupp, Tucker (eds.), 4th edition
  • Syllabus, OS 530, Evans J R

*last updated: 11/7/2011