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INTRODUCTION

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery has evolved slowly and over the years from oral or dental surgery as a branch of Dentistry.  Many of the specialized procedures now incorporated in maxillofacial surgery have been in the recent past, included in other medical specialties of general and plastic surgery, orthopaedics, and otorhinolaryngology.

Today, it has developed as a distinct and highly specialized branch of surgical practice which deals with the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and deformities of the human jaws and associated structures. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is taught in close collaboration with other specialties such as oral diagnosis, oral medicine, prosthodontics and orthodontics as integral parts of dentistry.

 

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is taught from the 500 Level to 600 Level. Therefore, from the third year, the dental students gradually acquire greater exposure to basic principles in patient management.

 

The UNIMED, like other medical schools in the country, has adopted the new curriculum of teaching basic science subjects and basic clinical skills to both medical dental students together.

 

 



                        OBJECTIVES

1.   To provide a foundation for professional knowledge associated with surgical skills to enable the students to diagnose and treat competently the various disorders of the or facial complex;

2.   To stimulate the student to recall basic scientific information and to correlate it with the disease processes occurring in and around the oral cavity;

3.   To teach the student to examine his case findings critically and intelligently and to diagnose with confidence;

4.   To guide the student in developing a sense of confidence in his own skills and clinical judgment, and to encourage the desire for continuing professional study and self-improvement;

5.   To help the student to become familiar with and critically evaluate scientific publications in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

6.    To train the student to select cases that lie within the limits of his surgical ability and to exclude or refer those that he is not fully competent to handle.

7.   To equip the student with a good foundation for postgraduate training in oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Specifically, at the end of his training the student should be able to:

                                   i.        Diagnose diseases of the oral cavity and its associated structures;

                                ii.        Carry out minor oral surgery procedures independently;

                                 iii.        Use forceps and elevators in exodontia, or surgical procedures when indicated;

                                iv.        Master different techniques of local analgesia and apply them when indicated;

                                  v.        Discuss and practice sterilization and disinfection in dental practice;

                                vi.        Diagnose common congenital deformities of the face;

                            vii.        Interpret simple hematological, blood chemical and radiological findings in Investigations;

                              viii.        Assist in major maxillofacial surgery in the theatre;       

                                ix.        Prepare the mouth for the reception of prosthesis;                   

                                  x.        Recognize, treat and prevent, emergencies in dental practice;

                                xi.        Control hemorrhages from oral surgical procedures;

                     xii.        Perform biopsy of suspected lesions or neoplasm and submit the properly prepared specimen to an oral pathologist;

                              xiii.        Reduce, fix and immobilize simple fractures of the jaws; and

                             xiv.        Competently prescribe sedatives, analgesics, and antibiotic medications when necessary and with confidence.



    ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

         Part IV BDS

         DEN 404 DENTAL ANAESTHESIA

DEN 512 AND 601: ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY                  

DEN 512 ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY I &II           

DEN 601: ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY III & IV



        ACADEMIC STAFF

        Dr. Lilian Ahaji

       Qualification: BDS, FMCDS, B. Sc. Health Sciences

       Designation: Senior Lecturer      

        Prof. S. O. Ajike

       Qualification: BDS, Ph. D

       Designation: Professor

       NON TEACHING STAFF 

       Mrs. Bukola Akinnagbe

       Qualification: B. Ed

       Designation: A.O  II





oralmax@unimed.edu.ng

Child Dental Health Dentistry Department

University of Medical Sciences

Laje Road, Ondo City

Ondo State

Nigeria.





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