DOH115 Oral Anatomy and Histology (12)

This subject is a year-long 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. 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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Dental Science students only.

Subject Relationships

DOH114 Replaced

Incompatible Subjects

DOH131, DOH132, DOH134

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to use discipline-specific terminology to describe and identify the macroscopic and microscopic features of the teeth, oral tissues and related structures and their functions;
  • be able to apply discipline-specific knowledge to identify, explain, and discuss the macroscopic and microscopic features and functions of the human dentitions;
  • be able to apply the knowledge of general and oral embryology to explain and discuss the developmental processes of calcification, emergence and eruption sequences and timings of human dentitions in the context of dental age and chronological age;
  • be able to apply the knowledge of anatomy, histology, and embryology to explain, discuss, and identify the macroscopic and microscopic features, functions and development of oral and related tissues; and
  • be able to explain the principles of evidence-based practice and epidemiology.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The human dentitions;
  • Dental anatomy;
  • Tooth calcification, emergence and eruption, and their significance;
  • The structure and function of dental tissues;
  • Introduction to general histology;
  • Introduction to embryology and craniofacial development;
  • Oral, and head and neck embryology;
  • The structure and function of the oral mucosa;
  • The structure and function of the temporomandibular joint;
  • The structure and function of the salivary glands;
  • Introduction to evidence-based practice and epidemiology;
  • Introduction to craniofacial osteology;
  • Functional anatomy of the oral cavity;
  • Oral somatosensory systems; and
  • Introduction to occlusion.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.