DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery (8)

 This subject will give students an introduction to and opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the management of simple dental extractions incorporating diagnosis, treatment planning, execution and post operative follow up. There will be a special focus to be able to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the general principles of pharmacology with particular relevance to dental care, pain control and administering local anaesthetics.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH344. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Science course.


( DOH134 and DOH232 and DOH251 and DOH252 ) or ( DOH254 and DOH233 and DOH253 and DOH243 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the management of simple tooth extractions
  • be able to demonstrate developing knowledge and skills relevant to the provision of simple safe local anaesthesia
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the general principles of pharmacology with particular relevance to dental care
  • be able to develop within the students a foundation of professional knowledge coupled with the surgical skills to treat those cases which lie within range of their ability.
  • be able to demonstrate a standard pattern of sound history taking, including medical assessment, examination, diagnostic analysis and use of diagnostic aids to provide a sound oral surgical diagnosis
  • be able to competently treat oral surgery problems related to the practice of general dentistry


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • History, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Simple pain relief procedures
  • Simple exodontia including extraction techniques and complications
  • Infection Control and Work, Health and Safety
  • Mechanisms of drug action and principles of drug behaviour
  • Membrane receptors
  • Minor oral surgery instrumentation, surgical removal of teeth and suturing
  • Biopsies
  • Wound healing
  • Medical emergencies and management
  • Analgesics and anti-inflammatories
  • Systems pharmacology

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 16 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Workplace learning involves clinical training both at CSU campus clinics and external NSW Health Oral Health Clinics under supervision.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.