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Teaching Activities

The teaching activities of the Department of OPOM are geared toward undergraduate and post-graduate students participating in the speciality programs of various disciplines of dentistry. 

Undergraduate Program

The Department of OPOM offers five major courses: 

  1. Oral Pathology
  2. Oral Medicine
  3. Oral Diagnosis, treatment planning and emergency dental procedures
  4. Dental treatment to medically compromised patients
  5. Oral Radiology

The syllabus of the courses is found in the "Information Book" of the School of Dental Medicine .

In addition to the five courses, the undergraduate students participate in the Oral Medicine Clinic, which provides special care in the following areas: 

Mucosal Diseases and Oral Cancer Clinic: The mouth can be afflicted by more than 200 diseases, some of which are life threatening. Cancer of the oral cavity accounts for about 4% of all cancers in humans. The high rate of mortality (70%) can be reduced only by early diagnosis and early treatment. Precancerous lesions, also treated in this clinic, must be closely observed and followed-up, as they can transform into cancer; delayed diagnosis reduces the survival rate. 

"Dry Mouth" Clinic: Dry mouth is a symptom of systemic disease and conditions. It may be caused by drug intake, systemic diseases, e.g., auto-immune conditions (Sjogren Syndrome, AIDS), diabetes mellitus, dehydration, therapeutic irradiation to the head and neck, and emotional factors. Patients suffering from oral dryness may complain of difficulty in swallowing, poor denture retention, soreness, and a sensation of oral burning. They often demonstrate high caries activity. In addition, they complain of a wide variety of non-oral symptoms. Included among these are dry eyes and throat, nasal dryness, vaginal itching and burning, and a history of recurrent vaginal infections. The services of this clinic are directed towards establishing the cause of oral dryness and developing a treatment regimen to help alleviate objective and subjective symptoms. 

"Burning Mouth" Clinic: The "burning mouth" syndrome is characterized by a spontaneous burning sensation in the mouth, unbearable for the patient to endure. This poses a difficult problem for the specialist to solve because of the variety of etiologic causes which include local irritants, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal changes, infections, systemic diseases and psychological factors. In a number of patients, the burning sensation is a manifestation of a severe psychological condition which may, sometimes, be solved with psychiatric treatment. 

Geriatric Oral Clinic: In recent years, public awareness of problems associated with the process of aging has increased. A major health problem of the elderly is inadequate nourishment resulting from eating difficulties due to dental problems. The Geriatric Oral Clinic treats patients over the age of 60, who suffer from oral disorders for which dentists in medical institutions or in private practices have no solution. The majority of the patients suffer from inadequate dentures, resorption of the jaw bones, ulcers, and traumatic injuries in the soft tissue. In addition, the clinic tries to enhance patient awareness of oral hygiene and prevention of diseases in the oral cavity. 

Oral and Facial Pain Clinic: The Pain Clinic treats patients with pain in the face and head area and in the oral cavity. The patients referred suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, temporomandibular joint problems, muscular pain, tension headaches, maxillary sinusitis and dental problems, including pulpitis, split tooth syndrome, etc. A neurologists, psychiatrist, and ear-nose and throad specialists are on hand as consultants to provide professional diagnosis for the non-dental phenomenae.

Medically Compromised Patient Oral Clinic: The Clinic for the Medically Compromised Patient provides consultation services and dental treatment to referred patients suffering from serious medical conditions, such as malignancies treated by irradiation and cytotoxic agents, and chronic renal failure treated by dialysis. These disorders dictate alterations in the provision of the dental treatment and failure to make appropriate modifications can result in serious consequences. The Clinic provides sufficient dental treatment, which in most cases, is refused to this special population. 

Oral Radiology Clinic: The Clinic for Oral Radiology provides radiologic diagnostic services, including consultations and interpretation of intraoral and various extraoral radiographs, to all departments of the dental school, medical institutions, physicians and dentists requesting such services. The Clinic also offers radiographic services and performs intraoral and extraoral radiographic examinations, such as periapical surveys, occlusal, panoramic, cephalometric and various other skull and jaw radiographs. 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 March 2008 )

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