DOH114 Oral Anatomy & Histology (12)


This subject is a yearlong subject within the broad area of biological dental science. The subject introduces craniofacial anatomy, the human dentitions and teeth in the contexts of form and function in relation to society, non-primate comparative anatomy and hominid-primate craniofacial characteristics. The detailed anatomical morphology of teeth, microscopic structure of the dental tissues, their supporting tissues, tooth calcification, emergence-eruption, dental embryology and the structure and function of the oral mucosa, the salivary glands and the temporomandibular joint are dealt with in detail.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
On CampusOrange Campus
Session 2
On CampusOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH114
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Dental Science students only
Incompatible subject(s)
DOH131 DOH132 DOH134

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to use appropriate anatomical terminology be able to describe, compare and discuss the craniofacial and dental features of vertebrates.
  • be able to describe and identify the embryology, form and function and the microscopic structure of the human dentitions.
  • be able to describe the calcification, emergence and eruption sequences and timings of the human dentitions and be able to apply this in the context of dental age and chronological age.
  • be able to describe the functional and macroscopic and microscopic features of the oral mucosa, the salivary glands, the jawbones, the temporomandibular joint.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Teeth and society
  • Comparative craniofacial osteology-dental anatomy
  • The human dentitions
  • Tooth morphology
  • Tooth calcification, emergence and eruption and their significance
  • The embryology of teeth and the dental tissues including the periodontal tissues
  • The structure and function of the calcified and non-calcified dental tissues
  • The structure and function of the oral mucosa
  • The structure and function of the salivary glands
  • The structure and function of the temporomandibular joint


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.