Oral Physiology


Course Objective

Competences covered according to the General Educational Framework
Dentistry 2008 are: I a-j (5), II (5)
The student has
• an understanding of all aspects of normal and abnormal oral

Course Content

This course is meant to introduce the students to the domain of oral
physiology, which is actually fundamental for a proper understanding of
not only the normal oral function (e.g., chewing, swallowing, talking)
but especially the diseased/ disordered one (e.g., functioning in the
presence of pain). The sensory and motor aspects of the various
anatomical structures that are involved in oral (dys-)function, like jaw
muscles and joints, will be covered. This course contributes to a better
understanding of the more basic aspects of the other (more clinically
oriented) courses.

Teaching Methods

Self-study; Seminars; Research; Presentation

Method of Assessment

Learning assessment
The student needs to pass all components undermentioned
• Overall assessment of assignments during the seminars (grade: Good;
Pass; or Fail)
• Paper (grade: 1-10)

• A prerequisite for grade registration (grade 1-10) is successful
completion of the seminar assignments. In case of a fail for one or more
of the seminar assignments and a pass for the final exam, a 5.0 will be
registered and students will need to retake the relevant seminar


• Miles TS, Nauntofte B, Svensson P (Editors). Clinical Oral Physiology.
Copenhagen: Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc, 2004. Capita selecta.
• Reader with selected research papers.

General Information

Course Code T_ORALPHYSO1
Credits 4 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Dentistry
Course Coordinator dr. P. Wetselaar
Examiner dr. P. Wetselaar
Teaching Staff dr. M. Koutris
prof. dr. C.M. Visscher
prof. dr. F. Lobbezoo

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself