DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery (8)

This subject will provide students with 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 focus on understanding the general principles of pharmacology with particular relevance to dental care, pain control and administering local anaesthetics.


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.


DOH231 and DOH233 and DOH243 and DOH253 and DOH254

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 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

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.